Men and Providers Preventing Suicide (MAPS)

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"Comparison of two different ways to identify and treat middle aged men to prevent suicide"
35 to 64 years old
Healthy Volunteers:
suicide, thinking about suicide, attempted suicide, men
Behavioral study
This study will determine if suicidal middle-aged men who use a personalized computer program addressing suicide risk before a primary care visit are more likely to discuss suicide and accept treatment, reducing their suicide preparatory behaviors and thoughts.This is important because half of all men who die by suicide visit primary care within a month of death, yet few broach the topic, missing chances for prevention.
This study requires

Electronic pre-questionnaire at MD office Watch a video intervention at MD office Electronic post- questionnaire at MD office Follow up telephone calls from study care manager

Who can participate

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Self-identified male gender

  • Aged 35-64 years

  • Has a PCP at a primary care office in one of the two participating health systems who is actively enrolled in the RCT

  • Active suicide thoughts within past 2 weeks

  • Able to read and speak English; and self-reported adequate vision, hearing, and hand function to engage with an interactive computer program on a touchscreen electronic tablet device.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Reported or apparent highly unstable medical status (e.g. acute decompensated heart failure requiring immediate care)

  • Reported or apparent highly unstable mental health status (e.g. acute uncontrolled psychosis)

  • Presence of terminal illness with death anticipated within 3 months

  • Plan to leave the current primary care office (e.g., transfer care) within 3 months

  • Incarcerated

  • Inability to understand and/or provide informed consent, following appropriate explanation

Study duration and period
3 months
Recruitment period
From Oct. 5, 2016
Department of Family and Community Medicine
4860 Y Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
Camille Cipri
Research Topic
  • Suicidal Intention
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Suicide, Attempted

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