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Suicide and suicidal ideation can have lasting, harmful effects that impact families and communities. While its causes are complex and determined by multiple factors, the goal of suicide prevention research is to understand and reduce factors that increase risk (i.e. risk factors) and increase factors that promote resilience (i.e. protective factors). VA conducts an array of research into suicide prevention that looks at everything from predictive modeling to substance use disorders to the policy impacts of Veterans’ choice of services.

Search results were generated based on the search term "Suicide". Results are updated weekly, as new data are available.

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(5 of more than 291 SUICIDE focused publications)

  • Adkisson K, Cunningham KC, Dedert EA, Dennis MF, Calhoun PS, Elbogen EB, Beckham JC, Kimbrel NA. Cannabis Use Disorder and Post-Deployment Suicide Attempts in Iraq/Afghanistan-Era Veterans. Archives of suicide research : official journal of the International Academy for Suicide Research. 2018 Nov 17; 1-10.
  • Sullivan DR, Forsberg CW, Golden SE, Ganzini L, Dobscha SK, Slatore CG. Incidence of Suicide and Association with Palliative Care among Patients with Advanced Lung Cancer. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 2018 Nov 1; 15(11):1357-1359.
  • Ilgen M. Pain, Opioids, and Suicide Mortality in the United States. Annals of internal medicine. 2018 Oct 2; 169(7):498-499.
  • Souden M, Stelmack JE. VIReC Poster: Supporting Knowledge Exchange for the Learning Healthcare System: A Pilot Project in the Suicide Prevention Community of Practice. Washington, DC: VA Innovations Experience Meeting; 2018 Aug 29.
  • Hartmann CW. Rational Suicide in Older Adults: Not an Ageist Concept by Default. [Letter to the Editor]. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2018 Aug 10; 66(8):1648.

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 46 SUICIDE focused publication briefs)

  • Medical Records Flag for Suicide Risk Increases VA Healthcare Visits among Veterans with Substance Use Disorder
    VA has identified suicide prevention as a top priority and established policies to include high-risk suicide patient record flags (PRFs) in the electronic medical record to alert providers of patient risk and increase healthcare contacts. This study sought to identify predictors of new PRFs and to describe healthcare use before and after PRF initiation among VA patients who had received a substanc...
    Date: June 8, 2018
  • Evaluating Care Coordination Program for Pregnant Veterans
    The VA Maternity Care Coordinator Telephone Care Program (MCC-TCP) was created to support MCCs and includes outlines to guide up to eight calls with Veterans on topics such as VA maternity care benefits, chronic health problems, substance use cessation, and depression and suicide screening. Investigators evaluated the program and assessed its feasibility, as well as facilitators and barriers to it...
    Date: May 23, 2018
  • Medical Record Alert Associated with Reduced Opioid and Benzodiazepine Co-prescribing
    This implementation project evaluated the effectiveness of an advanced medication alert designed to reduce opioid and benzodiazepine co-prescribing among Veterans with high-risk conditions (substance use disorder, sleep apnea, suicide risk, and age =65) at one VA healthcare system (VA Puget Sound). Findings showed that the proportions of patients with concurrent prescriptions decreased significant...
    Date: December 28, 2017
  • Systematic Review: Patient Outcomes in Dose Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-term Opioid Therapy Suggest Utility of Multimodal Care
    Investigators examined the evidence on the effectiveness of strategies to reduce or discontinue long-term opioid therapy (LTOT) prescribed for chronic pain – and the effect of dose reduction or discontinuation on important patient outcomes, including pain severity and pain-related function. Findings showed that there are multiple strategies to reduce or discontinue long-term opioid treatment for c...
    Date: July 18, 2017
  • Higher Risk of Suicidal Ideation and Suicidal Self-Directed Violence following Discontinuation of Long-term Opioid Therapy
    The primary objective of this study was to identify predictors of suicidal ideation (SI) and non-fatal suicidal self-directed violence (SSV) following clinician-initiated discontinuation of long-term opioid therapy. Findings showed that a substantial proportion of Veterans with substance use disorder diagnoses and similar matched patients experienced suicidal ideation or suicidal self-directed vio...
    Date: July 1, 2017

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( 5 of more than 23 SUICIDE focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
IIR 17-131 Advancing Suicide Prevention for Female Veterans Denneson, Lauren 2018-05-01
SDR 16-195 Risk Stratified Enhancements to Clinical Care: Targeting Care for Patients Identified Through Predictive Modeling as Being at High Risk for Suicide, with the Office of Mental Health Operations Landes, Sara 2016-04-01
PPO 13-373 An Adjunctive Behavioral Sleep Intervention to Prevent Veteran Suicides Pigeon, Wilfred 2015-01-01
PPO 13-191 Context and Characteristics of Non-Fatal Suicide Attempts Involving Firearms Waliski, Angie 2014-10-01
RRP 11-417 Assessment of Risk for Suicide, Violence and Related High-Risk Behaviors in Veterans Najavits, Lisa 2014-07-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

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The most recent "Suicide" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
11/19/2018 Opioid Tapering/Discontinuation: Implications for SDV and Managing High Risk Patients in the Context of Suicide Prevention Lovejoy, Travis  
Frank, Joseph  
Dobscha, Steven  
10/15/2018 REACH VET: Applying Predictive Analytics to Clinical Practice Eagan, Aaron  
Matarazzo, Bridget  
10/11/2018 HSR&D Innovation Initiative Program RFA (Planning/Start Up Funds) Paolicelli, Courtney  
Tomoyasu, Naomi  
Atkins, David  
9/10/2018 Food Insecurity and Mental Health: Contextualizing Nutrition in Psychosocial Functioning Brostow, Diana  
7/9/2018 Clinical and Neuroimaging Trial of Uridine: A Rapid Treatment for Veterans with Suicidal Ideation via Shared Mechanisms with Ketamine and Lithium Kondo, Douglas  
Renshaw, Perry  

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