Talk to the Veterans Crisis Line now
U.S. flag
An official website of the United States government

VA Health Systems Research

Go to the VA ORD website
Go to the QUERI website

Suicide Prevention

Team-based Primary Care and Suicide Prevention in the VA: Perspectives from the Front Lines

by Jennifer Funderburk, PhD ; Brooke Levandowski, PhD, MPA ; Marsha Wittink, MD, MBE
Seminar date: 11/14/2016

Description: This research focused on primary care practices in the Veterans Health Administration as an exemplar health system that has both a vested interest in preventing suicide and has rapidly and systematically adopted a team-based approach to primary care. VHA primary care based suicide screening efforts have improved over the last decade although suicide attempt and completion rates have not changed significantly. Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACTs) integrate behavioral health services into primary care settings and also have access to a local suicide prevention coordinator (SPC) at the facility level to help with screening, assessment and management of actively or potentially suicidal patients. This presentation will share results from a mixed methods research study that explored primary care stakeholders’ (primary care providers, RNs/LPNs, SPCs, behavioral health providers) perceptions of: 1) the barriers and facilitators to implementing suicide prevention procedures and 2) attitudes and beliefs, autonomy support, and competence with respect to implementing suicide prevention procedure. Intended audience: clinicians, researchers, and public health professionals.

DOWNLOAD: PDF handout | Audio only (mp3) | transcript

Questions about the HSR website? Email the Web Team

Any health information on this website is strictly for informational purposes and is not intended as medical advice. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any condition.