Utah hospitals adopt suicide risk assessment

Sep 15 2013 - 8:32am

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah doctors and hospitals will soon begin using an assessment that can help predict a person's risk of suicide.

The Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale ranks a person's risk of suicide based on their answers to a series of questions.

The assessment was developed by a team at Columbia University and is already being used by some mental health workers in Utah.

KSL-TV reports (http://bit.ly/14NaacO ) University Hospital and Intermountain Healthcare are both planning to begin using it in their hospitals.

Dr. Kelly Posner directed the team at Columbia that developed the assessment.

She says the questions are important for doctors because almost half all people who commit suicides visit their doctor shortly before they die.

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