Video Abstract: Suicide Risk Screening in Pediatric Outpatient Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Clinics

Video Author:Suzanne Rybczynski, MD, MSHCM

Published on:October 18, 2021

Suicide risk screening has been recommended for all ages in order to intervene and prevent suicide deaths through appropriate mental health services. Our study describes suicide risk screening in a neurodevelopmental disabilities and rehabilitation pediatric outpatient setting. It is feasible to implement universal suicide risk screening in youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities in outpatient clinic settings. We found our cohort to have a 6.8% rate of positive screenings similar to rates seen in neuro-typical children. As other healthcare institutions implement universal suicide risk screening, it is important that children with neurodevelopmental disabilities always be included in screening protocols.