Preventing Suicide in Hospital-Based Care

  • Clare C. Mitchell
  • Jeanne M. Lackamp


While much has been written about suicide and suicide prevention broadly, there is a relative lack of literature about suicide in hospital settings. As more research is conducted on this topic, a general consensus appears to be lacking with respect to the best way or ways to prevent suicide in hospitals. In this chapter, we identify proposed risk factors for suicide across different types of hospital settings and ways in which hospital-based suicide prevention is currently addressed. Special consideration is given to the use of constant observation or “sitters,” effectiveness of sitter use, and potential alternatives.


Hospital Suicide risk Suicide attempt Sitters Unit specific Inpatient unit 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clare C. Mitchell
    • 1
  • Jeanne M. Lackamp
    • 1
  1. 1.University Hospitals Cleveland Medical CenterClevelandUSA

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