Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Sample Collateral Questions

Practice Box – Examples of questions for acquiring collateral information
Source: NZGG (2003). Reproduced with permission
  • Are they their usual self?
  • Have they made any comments that they would be ‘better off dead’?
  • Have there been any statements about ‘things getting better soon’?
  • Have you been worried about them? Do they seem down or depressed?
  • Are they drinking more than usual?

Type IV Evidence


Addiction and Mental Health
Assessment and Care of Adults at Risk for Suicidal Ideation and Behaviour
Point of Care Resources