Can the Clinician Predict Suicide?
Hughes D H
This paper reviews the literature on suicide prediction, including classic studies (Pokorny, 1983 & Goldstein et al, 1991) & recent investigations using contemporary research strategies & methods of data analysis. Studies of prevention, e.g. changing the availability of methods, are discussed. It is stated that suicide prediction at the level of the individual patients is currently not possible. However, it also made clear that this does not excuse the clinician from doing a complete assessment.