VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines
Assessment and Management of Patients at Risk for Suicide (2019)
The guideline describes the critical decision points in the management of Suicidal Risk Behavior (SRB) for suicidal self-directed violent behavior and provides clear and comprehensive evidence-based recommendations incorporating current information and practices for practitioners throughout the DoD and VA Health Care systems. The guideline is intended to improve patient outcomes and local management of patients with SRB.
Disclaimer:This Clinical Practice Guideline is intended for use only as a tool to assist a clinician/healthcare professional and should not be used to replace clinical judgment.
The guideline is formatted as three clinical algorithms and modules, with annotations:
- Algorithm A - Identification of Risk for Suicide
- Algorithm B - Evaluation by Provider
- Algorithm C - Management of Patient at Acute Risk for Suicide