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Suicide Risk Assessment: Tools for Providers and Resources for Patients

Primary care providers play an important role in suicide prevention. Research shows that people who commit suicide are more likely to have talked to their primary care provider recently than to any other healthcare provider. Understanding the risks of suicide, engaging the community and referring patients to appropriate sources of information are all important parts of the whole picture.


At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe pending changes in Washington State Department of Health Suicide Prevention continuing education requirements
  • Identify and access reliable information to assist in screening and referral of suicide risk in patients
  • Demonstrate suicide prevention techniques for use in clinical settings
  • Recommend resources for patient and family education and support


1. RCW strategies to reduce suicides in Washington State
a. Prevention training
b. Statewide prevention plan
c. Consultation program

2. Resources for Providers
b. Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage

3. Resources for Patients
a. Community engagement
b. Understand and respect of risks
c. Assurance we are not afraid to talk about it
d. Appropriate sources

Course Material

Continuing Education

CE approval from the Medical Library Association is pending.


Patricia Devine, Network Outreach Coordinator, Network of the National Library of Medicine, Pacific NW Region

Patricia Devine, Community Outreach Coordinator, HEALWA Program
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