Many statistically significant risk factors for suicide have been identified. Unfortunately, no study can identify the patient who will, in fact, kill himself. Maintaining a low threshold for hospitalization of potentially suicidal patients generally lowers their short-term risk. Hospitalization, however, like every medical intervention, carries attendant side effects. The dynamic implications of hospitalization for suicidal patients are considered in this paper along with recommendations to lessen the deleterious effects of such an intervention.
Bar-Levav, M.D., Leora
"The Risk of Hospitalizing Suicidal Patients: A Personal Retrospective,"
Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry: Vol. 10
, Article 9.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/jeffjpsychiatry/vol10/iss2/9