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The Self-Directed Violence Classification System and the Columbia Classification Algorithm for Suicide Assessment: A Crosswalk

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  • Bridget B. Matarazzo PsyD,

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    1. University of Colorado, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Denver, CO, USA
    • Veteran Integrated Service Network (VISN) 19 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC), Denver, CO, USA
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  • Tracy A. Clemans PsyD,

    1. Veteran Integrated Service Network (VISN) 19 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC), Denver, CO, USA
    2. University of Colorado, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Denver, CO, USA
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  • Morton M. Silverman MD,

    1. Veteran Integrated Service Network (VISN) 19 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC), Denver, CO, USA
    2. University of Colorado, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Denver, CO, USA
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  • Lisa A. Brenner PhD

    1. VISN 19 MIRECC, Denver, CO, USA
    2. University of Colorado, School of Medicine, Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Denver, CO, USA
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  • This article is based on work supported, in part, by the Department of Veterans Affairs, but does not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the U.S. Government. Drs. Matarazzo, Clemans, Silverman, and Brenner report no competing interests.

Address correspondence to Bridget B. Matarazzo, VISN 19 MIRECC, 1055 Clermont Street, Denver, CO 80220; E-mail: Bridget.Matarazzo@va.gov

Abstract

The lack of a standardized nomenclature for suicide-related thoughts and behaviors prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with the Veterans Integrated Service Network 19 Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center, to create the Self-Directed Violence Classification System (SDVCS). SDVCS has been adopted by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. Another classification system, the Columbia Classification Algorithm for Suicide Assessment, has been recommended by the Food and Drug Administration. To facilitate the use of both systems, this article provides a “crosswalk” between the two classification systems.

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