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Free Content Interdisciplinary Skills in Suicide Risk Assessment: A Primer for Chronic Pain Clinicians

Persistent pain can have a marked impact on a person's mental health, meaning that care needs beyond physical symptom management are commonplace. Suicide risk (i. e., having thoughts about ending one's life, or engaging in behaviours to achieve this aim) is one such example of a care need that clinicians working with persistent pain populations may encounter in their practice.
Effective management of persistent pain requires interdisciplinary working, and many pain services in the United Kingdom are structured in a way to reflect this. This means that any member of an interdisciplinary care team could encounter a suicidal patient.
This article has two aims. Firstly, to provide a brief summary of the relationship between persistent pain and suicide risk, as well as outlining some key issues associated with the assessment of this clinical need. Secondly, the article examines a collection of practical suggestions and best practices to aid interdisciplinary teams, that can be applied by any profession working with persistent pain.

Document Type: Editorial

Publication date: December 1, 2019

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  • Pain and Rehabilitation is a peer-reviewed, Bi-annual journal of the Physiotherapy Pain Association and special interest group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The journal comprises a range of different articles types from orignial articles to systematic reviews and letters around the topic of pain and rehabilitation. The journal is multidisciplinary in its focus and welcomes submissions from all professionals working in this multidisciplinary field. the abstract of all articles will be freely avilable online. Full text articles are available free online to members of the Physiotherapy Pain Association, and access to individual PDF articles can be purchased by non members.
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