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Establishing Efficacy of an Inpatient Intervention and Phone App to Reduce Suicide Risk

2018 Focus Grant
Amount Awarded: $1,441,029
Focus Area: Clinical Treatment Studies

Beth Kennard, Psy.D.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

David Brent, M.D.
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Inside the Research

Question: Will an inpatient intervention and phone app reduce suicide risk among adolescents transitioning to outpatient care?

Strategy:  This randomized clinical trial (RCT) conducted with 240 adolescents psychiatrically hospitalized with suicidal ideation and behavior will compare As Safe As Possible (ASAP), an intervention provided in the hospital focusing on emotion regulation and safety planning, and an emotion regulation/safety plan phone app (BRITE) with treatment as usual (TAU).

Impact: Reduced suicide risk during the transition out of the hospital.