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Psychiatric aftercare and suicide risk: a case-control study using blind rating

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Blindly abstracted records of last episode of care together with aftercare records of 39 psychiatric patient suicides and their matched controls were rated blind for suicidal talk during aftercare, reduction of aftercare at last appointment and high-low suicide risk. Neither suicidal talk nor reduction of aftercare was confirmed as a predictor of suicide, although trends in the predicted directions were observed. Blind estimates of high-low risk correctly identified a significant minority (40%) of suicides but at the cost of misclassifying 60% as controls. Evidence is still lacking that clinicians blind to case identity may, from records, reliably distinguish a majority of suicides from their matched controls. Some implications for practice and research are discussed.

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Conlon, Louise, Garland, Malcolm, Prescott, Philip, Mannion, Laura, leonard, Maeve and Fahy, Thomas J. (2007) Psychiatric aftercare and suicide risk: a case-control study using blind rating Archives of Suicide Research, 11, (3), pp. 291-295. (doi:10.1080/13811110701404021).

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Published date: July 2007
Keywords: aftercare, blind rating, case-control, suicide risk
Organisations: Statistics

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Local EPrints ID: 46708
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/46708
ISSN: 1381-1118
PURE UUID: f88ed54b-3365-4190-952e-a4308dfa82cb

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Date deposited: 13 Jul 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:06

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Author: Louise Conlon
Author: Malcolm Garland
Author: Philip Prescott
Author: Laura Mannion
Author: Maeve leonard
Author: Thomas J. Fahy

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