Depression in primary care: assessing suicide risk

Singapore Med J. 2017 Feb;58(2):72-77. doi: 10.11622/smedj.2017006.


Major depression is a common condition seen in the primary care setting. This article describes the suicide risk assessment of a depressed patient, including practical aspects of history-taking, consideration of factors in deciding if a patient requires immediate transfer for inpatient care and measures to be taken if the patient is not hospitalised. It follows on our earlier article about the approach to management of depression in primary care.

Keywords: depression; primary care; suicide risk assessment.

MeSH terms

  • Asia
  • Depression / diagnosis*
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Self-Injurious Behavior
  • Suicide Prevention*