Joint Commission Quick Safety Report Stresses Importance of Utilizing Validated Suicide Risk Screening Tools

Published: 03/30/2023

  • The Joint Commission
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The Joint Commission (TJC) has issued a new Quick Safety report stressing the importance of using validated tools to conduct risk screening. According to TJC, brief, validated screening tools have been demonstrated to be effective in identifying individuals at risk for suicide.

When the brief screening tool shows positive indicators for suicide risk, a more in-depth risk assessment as well as safety interventions should be initiated. While there are many validated tools available, TJC emphasi

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