Addressing Suicide Potential and Prevention in Rural and Frontier Areas and Development of a Suicide-Prevention Training Protocol

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Project funded:
September 2007
Project completed:
February 2009

This research project proposes (1) to develop a promising statistical method for identifying rural areas with above-average potential for suicidal behavior among residents of these areas, and (2) to develop a report that describes promising "best practices" on the part of rural-based primary care providers (PCPs), which include primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician's assistants, aimed at suicide prevention in clients of rural PCPs. This "best practices" report will be developed as a training video for PCPs. A pilot study with 20 PCPs will assess and evaluate it for improvement purposes.