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Preventing Late-Life Suicide - OT277

Preventing Late-Life Suicide

by Connie Vogel, PhD, RN, CNE
(4.7 / 9 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (1.00 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Suicide is a public health concern, and risks are often overlooked in elderly patients. While in recent years there has been a shift to higher suicide rates in middle age, there is still concern regarding suicide risk in older adults, especially males. The changes in suicide rates can be found at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention web site. Alarmingly, hospitalized patients at high risk for suicide are not consistently referred for a psychiatric evaluation. Healthcare providers also frequently miss opportunities for mental health diagnosis and referral in primary care settings. To have an impact on late-life suicide, healthcare providers must know what symptoms to look for and routinely screen for depression to determine suicide risk.


The goal of this continuing education module is to enhance nurses’, occupational therapists’, and social workers’ ability to identify and evaluate at-risk older adults to prevent late-life suicide. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Recognize three important clinical clues to late-life suicide.
  • Identify the risk factors for late-life suicide.
  • Describe the evaluation and prevention of late-life suicide.
Content Level: Introductory
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Content Focus
Domain of OT: Client Factors
Domain of OT: Context and Environment 
OT Process: Intervention

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, occupational therapists, and social workers.
Occupational therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Relias LLC is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy and Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 3/11/2002
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/20/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/20/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Daniel V - Austin, TX  ·  Dec 03, 2019
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Gregory H - Cedar Crest, NM  ·  Oct 31, 2019
This course was very informative
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Maximilian Z - Clayton, NC  ·  Oct 21, 2019
This is a great and very relevant course in my profession. As a healthcare professional who regularly see and interacts with patients I need to learn to look out for warning signs of suicide risk.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50