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Suicide Prevention Course

Putting it together: Combining Measurement Based Stepped Care for Suicide Prevention

by Tom Rust, PhD ; Lindsey Zimmerman, PhD
Seminar date: 5/23/2019

Description: After describing they key dimensions of systems thinking, including complexity, feedback, and system behavior over time, this session reviews and compares a team's hypotheses, findings, and decisions in response to a team's question: 1) What happens if we implemented both measurement-based care and stepped care? The session ends by pointing the learners to additional resources for using Modeling to Learn to guide improvements in clinical care. Modeling to Learn how to use systems thinking. Learning Objectives: 1. Describe the decisions the team experimented with and how they are intertwined with other decisions and clinic outcomes; 2. Test your understanding of the "higher care quality improves recovery" system story by describing what’s happening when the simulation produces a runaway increase or decrease; 3. Apply systems thinking to anticipate the long-term trend in this team's ability to reduce patients' symptoms and suicide risk under two different decision scenarios. Intended audience: clinicians and researchers interested in advancements for addressing suicide prevention and mental health in Veterans.

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