Online learning tool to provide GPs with a pragmatic way to diagnose, treat and follow-up patients at risk of suicide
Relevance to General Practice
Three quarters of Australian people who die from suicide see their doctor within 3 months of doing so. There is great potential to intervene.
- develop and implement a practice protocol and decision tree for dealing with patients at risk of suicide.
- assess patients' suicide risk considering the five contributing domains of a biological, cognitive, emotional, behavioural and environmental nature.
- decide upon a treatment appropriate to level of risk, considering availability, accessibility, acceptability, efficacy and timeliness.
- measure patient outcomes to determine if the treatment has diminished patient risk.
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units
- Rural health
- Adult health
- Children and young people health
- Men's health
- Women's health
- Psychological health