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Computer-Based Suicide Risk-Assessment Tool As Accurate As In-Person Psychiatric Assessment

Scores on a model tablet-based suicide risk assessment tool tested with consumers in emergency departments aligned with the level of suicide risk determined by a psychiatrist during an in-person assessment of the same consumer. The tablet assessment scores for minimal, low, moderate, or high suicide risk over the next 72 hours predicted the psychiatrists’ assessment at 94% accuracy. The intervention level—routine, specialized, highly specialized, or secure— recommended by the tablet assessment matched the intervention level recommended by the psychiatrist 91% …

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