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Suicide Safety Net: Multimedia Tools for Reliable Risk Management Documentation

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
R43TR000471
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
NCATS
Solicitation Number:
PA11-096
Small Business Information
BEHAVIORAL TECH RESEARCH, INC.
4746 11th Ave NE SEATTLE, WA 98105-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Suicide Safety Net: Multimedia Tools for Reliable Risk Management Documentation
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43TR000471-01
Award Amount: $225,803.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for approximately 34,000 deaths per year [1]. Despite the prevalence, many clinical research trials routinely exclude suicidal individuals dueto the lack of appropriate tools and protocols to adequately manage suicide risk. Similarly, clinicians are hesitant to treat suicidal patients, fearing the possibility of legal action by bereft family members should their loved one kill him/herself. Theoverarching goal of this project is to improve the availability and quality of mental health care for suicidal individuals by: 1) increasing the ability of clinicians'to implement best practice techniques for suicide risk assessment and management, and 2)reducing clinicians' fear of litigation following a suicide by reducing the actual risk of litigatin. This will be accomplished by designing and developing an innovative, web- based tool that guides clinicians through an empirically-derived suicide risk assessment and management protocol, while also providing thorough documentation that suicide risk was managed according to state-of-the- art procedures. Suicide Safety Net: Multimedia Tools for Reliable Risk Management Documentation (SSN) is based on the University of Washington Risk Assessment and Management Protocol (UWRAMP), a tool developed and used extensively by Linehan and colleagues at the UW, and by other treatment outcome researchers working with highly suicidal patients. All content will be thoroughly reviewed and critiqued by a consortium of suicide and forensic experts for accuracy of content. Specific aims for the present Phase I application are as follows. Aim 1: Iteratively develop content and implementation guidelines for a Suicide Safety Net(SSN) prototype utilizing a consortium of forensic suicide experts. Aim 2: Conduct a formative evaluation of the SSN prototype to determine usability, acceptability and perceived barriers to use among target end-users (i.e., clinicians and researchers). Aim 3: Conduct an open feasibility trial with practicing clinicians (N=30) who treat suicidal patients from eight diverse settings to evaluate the SSN prototype and identify additional barriers to use. Pending positive Phase I outcomes, we will: 1) complete development of the full SSN system, 2) produce an e-Learning curricula providing instruction in how to use the SSN in routine clinical practice and within clinical research trials, and 3) conduct a pilot feasibility trial with clinicians in mutiple mental health settings using the full SSN system with suicidal adult clients.

Principal Investigator:

Melanie Harned
206-616-1542
mharned@u.washington.edu

Business Contact:

Linda Dimeff
206-675-8588
ldimeff@btechresearch.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

BEHAVIORAL TECH RESEARCH, INC.
4746 11th Ave NE SEATTLE, WA 98105-

EIN/Tax ID: 156239178
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No