Author | Robert I. Simon, MD


Assessing Violence Risk: A Meteorological Analogy

April 10, 2013


Both clinicians and weather forecasters employ the same general process of information gathering, analysis, and reaching a conclusion.

Suicide Risk Screening Alert: Identifying Risk Factors

September 10, 2012


Clinical tools and intervention options are available to the psychiatrist treating the suicidal patient. The severity of the patient’s psychiatric condition and the clinician’s experience and training will determine the interventions.

Screening for Suicide Risk in a Brief Medication Management Appointment

May 10, 2012


The Suicide Risk Screening Alert is a clinical tool that assists the psychiatrist and nonpsychiatric physician in identifying patients at risk for suicide during brief medication management appointments.

In Memoriam: Daniel W. Shuman, JD: A Gift for Collaboration

December 16, 2011


We will remember Professor Shuman as an exceptional scholar, a valued collaborator, and a cherished friend.

Empty Words in Psychiatric Records: Where Has Clinical Narrative Gone?

December 16, 2011


Here we address some of these problems of meaningless phrasing, empty shells, and template-distorted recording in an attempt to improve clinical documentation for both clinical care and risk management.

Improving Suicide Risk Assessment

December 02, 2011


The purpose of suicide risk assessment is to identify treatable and modifiable risks and protective factors that inform the patient’s treatment and safety management requirements.

Patient Violence Against Health Care Professionals

March 03, 2011


Every case of patient violence against clinicians provides lessons to be learned in safety management. Here: some key points that can enhance physician safety and help minimize the risks.

Enhancing Suicide Risk Assessment Through Evidence-Based Psychiatry

January 02, 2009


Suicide risk assessment is a core competency that all psychiatrists must have.1 A competent suicide assessment identifies modifiable and treatable protective factors that inform patient treatment and safety management.2 Psychiatrists, unlike other medical specialists, do not often experience patient deaths, except by suicide. Patient suicide is an occupational hazard. A clinical axiom holds that there are 2 kinds of psychiatrists: those who have had patients commit suicide-and those who will.

Is It a "True" Emergency? Suicidal Patients' Access to Their Psychiatrists

February 01, 2008


When a suicidal patient in crisis calls the psychiatrist and hears the recorded message, "If you have a 'true' emergency, go to your nearest emergency room or call 911," the patient's risk of suicide may increase.

Suicide Risk: Assessing the Unpredictable

December 01, 2003


This summary of the special report looks at various new ways to assess and treat for suicidal ideation, risk and behavior.