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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 58 (2016) 5, 351 - 360

New research

An evaluation of a new Dutch suicide prevention tool (KEHR); datadriven evaluation and learning

M.H. de Groot, R.F.P. de Winter, W. van der Plas, A.J.F.M. Kerkhof

background Multidisciplinary evaluation of suicide cases effectively decreases the suicide rate in mental health care. A new suicide prevention tool (kehr) can be used in this connection. kehr has been developed on the basis of the Dutch multidisciplinary practice guideline on the assessment and treatment of suicidal behaviour. The guideline can serve as a frame of reference for the multidisciplinary evaluation of suicide cases. kehr aims to provide professionals with a better method for preventing suicide.
aim To describe and evaluate the recently developed kehr strategy for reducing the number of suicide cases in mental health care.
method Naturalistic and observational study. In the course of a year 22 out of 23 suicide cases that had occurred in the pilot institution were evaluated with the help of the kehr system. Outcomes were discussed with members of multidisciplinary teams. Quantitative and qualitative methods were used in the evaluation process.
results Professionals from the main disciplines involved were very willing to use the new tool and were prepared to reflect on their views on the outcomes. The professionals were ready to learn from the suicide cases. Data collected with the tool provided information that can be used to improve guideline adherence. However, the use of kehr did not lead automatically to the formulation of adjustments and improvements relating to suicidal patients. A specific procedure for improving individual and team performance needs to be developed and tested thoroughly.
conclusion kehr is a promising strategy for improving and enhancing the guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of suicidal behaviour of patients in mental health care. Special procedures need to be developed and studied in order to implement the improvements deemed necessary as a result of the pilot study. The kehr tool (in the Dutch language) is accessible to mental health care workers after online registration (www.mijnkehr.nl).

keywords evaluation, suicidale behavior, suicide, questionnaire