CAMS Meta-Analysis: Intervention for Suicidal Ideation
Dr. Joshua K. Swift
Published: May 17, 2021
A recent rigorous meta-analysis of the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (“CAMS”) showed that it is a “Well Supported” intervention for reducing suicidal ideation per CDC criteria.
The meta-analysis was performed by Dr. Joshua K. Swift and his team at the Department of Psychology at Idaho State University. It included nine studies, primarily randomized controlled trials, with data from 749 patients where the CAMS intervention was compared to treatment as usual or, in one study, with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (“DBT for self harm”). The new study has just been published in the peer-reviewed journal, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.
“The results showed that CAMS, in comparison to alternative interventions, resulted in significantly lower suicidal ideation and general distress, considerably higher treatment acceptability, and notably higher hope/lower hopelessness,” Dr. Swift explained.
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