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Suicide Classification System

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01118156
First received: May 4, 2010
Last updated: May 1, 2011
Last verified: May 2011
  Purpose

The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether a new standardized language for categorizing suicidal and self-injury related thoughts and behaviors can be readily adopted for use by mental health clinicians. Efforts also include developing a measure that can be used to help clinicians identify appropriate terms (e.g., behaviors) for specific patients.


Condition Intervention
Suicide and Self-harm
Other: Education

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Suicide Classification System

Resource links provided by NLM:


Further study details as provided by VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Proportion of clinicians utilizing nomenclature [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Clinician chart notes will be reviewed to determine use of standardized nomenclature. Among those clinicians utilizing the nomenclature, accurate use will also be assessed.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Analysis of qualitative focus group data [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Qualitative evaluation of organizational- and provider-level factors associated with implementation


Enrollment: 74
Study Start Date: October 2009
Study Completion Date: September 2010
Primary Completion Date: September 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Mental Health Clinicians
MH Clinicians at the Denver and Grand Junction VA Medical Centers
Other: Education
75-minute training teaching utilization of new standardized suicide nomenclature
Other Name: Nomenclature Training

Detailed Description:

In recent years, suicide prevention has received increased focus within the VA. This is in part related to concerns regarding the mental health and associated suicide risk of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom military personnel, and a recent study highlighting the increased risk of death by suicide for members of the veteran population. Suicide prevention initiatives could be greatly enhanced if a clinically feasible uniform language regarding suicidality and self-injury was readily available and adopted throughout the VA system. With this goal in mind, the Self-Directed Violence Classification System (SDVCS) and Clinical Tool were developed based upon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nomenclature and VA VISN-19 MIRECC's work in this area. The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether a new standardized language for categorizing suicidal and self-injury related thoughts and behaviors can be readily adopted for use by mental health clinicians. Efforts also include developing a measure that can be used to help clinicians identify appropriate terms (e.g., behaviors) for specific patients.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Mental Health professionals at the Denver and Grand Junction VA Medical Centers

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Suicide Prevention Coordinator team members at Denver or Grand Junction VA Medical Center
  • Mental Health leadership at Denver or Grand Junction VA Medical Center
  • Mental Health professionals at Denver or Grand Junction VA Medical Center

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Failure to sign appropriate informed consent
  • MIRECC staff members
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01118156

Locations
United States, Colorado
Denver VA Medical Center
Denver, Colorado, United States, 80220
Grand Junction VA Medical Center
Grand Junction, Colorado, United States, 81501
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Lisa Brenner, PhD VA ECHCS VISN 19 MIRECC
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: Lisa A. Brenner, Ph.D., ABBP, Denver VA Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01118156     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 09-0641
Study First Received: May 4, 2010
Last Updated: May 1, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System:
Suicide Nomenclature

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Suicide
Behavioral Symptoms
Self-Injurious Behavior

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on November 27, 2014