Moderating the Influence of Current Intention to Improve Suicide Risk Prediction

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N. Zaher and C.D.Buckingham

When assessors evaluate a person's risk of completing suicide, the person's expressed current intention is one of the most influential factors. However, if people say they have no intention, this may not be true for a number of reasons. This paper explores the reliability of negative intention in data provided by mental-health services using the GRiST decision support system in England. It identifies features within a risk assessment record that can classify a negative statement regarding current intention of suicide as being reliable or unreliable. The algorithm is tested on previously conducted assessments, where outcomes found in later assessments do or do not match the initially stated intention. Test results show significant separation between the two classes. It means suicide predictions could be made more accurate by modifying the assessment process and associated risk judgement in accordance with a better understanding of the person's true intention.

REFERENCE AS: Zaher, N. A., & Buckingham, C. D. (2016). Moderating the Influence of Current Intention to Improve Suicide Risk Prediction. AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings, 2016, 1274–1282.

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Fri, 2016-01-01 00:00
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AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings, 2016
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