Mark Dixon, PhD, LCSW, Kathleen McNamara, PhD, LCSW
Suicide is a significant problem within the United States. Much is known about the risk factors and causes of the this increasingly costly epidemic. However, less is known about Family Medicine residents' confidence and their ability to conduct effective suicide evaluations among their patients. There are some qualitative studies examining this situation; yet, none which identify the barriers to assessment as experienced by residents. This qualitative study was aimed to provide information that will improve appropriate education, training and supervision of residents regarding suicide evaluations. With this potential improvement comes increased comfort, efficiency, and frequency of quality assessment which can translate into great patient safety.