IDENTIFICATION OF SUICIDAL IDEATION IN HIV-INFECTED PATIENTS, THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SUICIDE RISK ASSESSMENT TOOL AND A SUICIDE INTERVENTION PLAN FOR HIV- INFECTED PATIENTS FOLLOWING VOLUNTARY COUNSELLING AND TESTING.

Ramona Govender, Lourens Schlebusch

Abstract


This research will assess suicidal ideation in HIV- infected patients following  notification of their HIV-test results and the incidence risk for suicidal ideation between 72 hours and 6 weeks. It will also explore the relationship between depression and hopelessness to predict suicidal ideation in HIV-infected patients. The second phase will involve developing a self-administered suicide risk assessment tool. This tool will   identify high- risk patients for suicidal ideation. A suicide intervention plan will be implemented in these high-risk patients and its outcome evaluated.