Key Questions: How do I identify, assess and manage risks among my primary care patients with mental health conditions?
One in five Canadian adults experience a mental health or addiction problem. Keeping Your Patients Safe: A Guide to Primary Care Management of Mental Health and Addictions-related Risks and Functional Impairments Tool is designed to assist primary care providers in identifying, assessing and managing risks in a patient with diagnosed, undiagnosed or changing mental health conditions. Patients with mental disorders are often at high risk to themselves and others. The purpose of this tool is to support primary care providers (family physicians and primary care nurse practitioners) in reducing harm in adult patients (18+) who exhibit signs, symptoms, or behaviours suggestive of a mental health condition. Considerations and resources are included in the tool to aid in decision making.