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Spreading a strategy to prevent suicide after psychiatric hospitalization: results of a quality improvement spread initiative.

Riblet NB, Varela M, Ashby W, et al. Spreading a strategy to prevent suicide after psychiatric hospitalization: results of a quality improvement spread initiative. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2022;48(10):503-512. doi:

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October 5, 2022
Riblet NB, Varela M, Ashby W, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2022;48(10):503-512.

Preventing suicide among patients with a mental health diagnosis is a National Patient Safety goal. This study evaluated the impact of the WHO Brief Intervention and Contact (BIC) Program on suicide after psychiatric discharge at six Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers. After implementation, nearly 82% of patients exhibited positive treatment engagement. Participating healthcare staff reported that the program was easy to use and implement but noted that insufficient staffing and patient loss-to-follow-up can impede program success. A previous WebM&M case and commentary discusses suicide after discharge.

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Riblet NB, Varela M, Ashby W, et al. Spreading a strategy to prevent suicide after psychiatric hospitalization: results of a quality improvement spread initiative. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2022;48(10):503-512. doi:

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