Evaluation of the CAMS in CHO7

Project Overview

Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) is an evidence-based, suicide-specific therapeutic framework for suicide-specific assessment and the treatment of suicidal risk for patients.

Training on the CAMS framework has been delivered to clinicians in the Health Service Executive (HSE) Community Healthcare Organization 7 (CHO7), Kildare/West Wicklow, Dublin West, Dublin South City and Dublin Southwest, Ireland.

The purpose of this project is two-fold and includes an evaluation of the training and delivery of CAMS from the perspective of clinicians (Clinician Evaluation) and an evaluation of patient outcomes following receipt of the CAMS framework (Patient Evaluation).

Project Aims

Clinician Evaluation aims:

  1. To assess changes in the attitudes and confidence among clinicians after the CAMS training.
  2. To assess clinicians’ levels of satisfaction, acceptability, appropriateness, and feasibility of the CAMS framework.

Patient Evaluation aims:

  1. To investigate whether CAMS reduces suicidal ideation and behaviours in patients.
  2. To identify if CAMS reduces auxiliary mental health outcomes.
  3. To review the follow-up care of patient’s post-treatment.
  4. To examine if CAMS results in increased service engagement.

Team Members Involved

Dr Eibhlin Walsh, Dr Cliodhna O’Brien, Dr Paul Corcoran.