Pediatric emergency department physicians work at a fast pace to problem solve and provide the right treatment at the right time. Embracing this sense of urgency, physician-researchers with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) are studying if the ED could be an ideal atmosphere for clinicians to educate patients and families about the risk of firearms, both for unintentional injury and for suicide.
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Obsessive compulsive symptoms (OCS), which include intrusive thoughts, urges, mental images, and repetitive behaviors, are common in community youth. But while OCS are often considered developmentally appropriate, researchers in the Lifespan Brain Institute (LiBi) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania have found that some OCS patterns – specifically bad intrusive thoughts – have stronger associations with serious psychiatric conditions such as depression, psychosis, and suicidal ideation. Other types of OCS, such as those surrounding cleaning or contamination, were not associated with major psychiatric conditions.
Editor’s Note: September marks National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time to recognize and promote the different ways that we as a community can help prevent suicide. At PolicyLab, a Center of Emphasis at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, our researchers study the key role that hospitals, schools, health systems, and other community institutions play in safeguarding the mental health of children and adolescents. In this guest blog post, originally appearing on PolicyLab’s blog, Stephanie Doupnik, MD, MSHP, a faculty member at PolicyLab, co-director of the inpatient Medical Behavioral Unit at CHOP, and an instructor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses her four-year research project to identify the most effective suicide prevention practices for young people hospitalized for a suicide attempt.
Editor’s Note: As part of a pediatric healthcare organization, the Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) within the Research Institute addresses the antecedents to violence and supports an environment where children feel safe to learn, play, and develop. VPI accomplishes this by implementing hospital-wide and community-based programs, performing clinical research in bullying and violence prevention, providing trauma-informed trainings, and advocating for public policy changes that have implications for children and families.