Year: 1997 Source: Psychiatric Bulletin, v.21, no.4, (April 1997), p.193-194 SIEC No: 19981200

Appleby states that despite the lack of research findings supporting the effectiveness of clinical services in reducing suicide, we should not disregard the effect that clinical services may have. Improving the ability of services to recognize, assess & manage people at risk should be stressed. Appleby cites a study in which many GPs did not note suicidal ideas before the patient committed suicide; thus, our ability at recognizing risk factors may not be as sufficient as we think. (6 refs.)