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      A patient in the IC clinic does not show up for a regular scheduled appointment. Follow-up with the family physician reveals that the patient committed suicide. This is an all too-real scenario for physicians who manage these patients. BPS/IC is not in itself a lethal condition, but patients do die. It turns out that one in ten women with symptoms of BPS/IC report suicidal ideation within the last 2 weeks. One in four of these women reported that they felt that way currently. One in three of these reported a plan to commit suicide. It is known that suicidal ideation and suicide attempts are among the most important risk factors for completed suicide. We, as a urology community, can play an important role in the screening and prevention of suicide in our BPS/IC patients [
      • Mann J.J.
      • Apter A.
      • Bertolote J.
      • et al.
      Suicide prevention strategies: a systematic review.
      ]. It is imperative that the Urologist enquire about, document, and communicate to other responsible physicians any thoughts of death in their patients.
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      References

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        • Bertolote J.
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        Suicide prevention strategies: a systematic review.
        JAMA. 2005; 294: 2064-2074
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