Year: 1994 Source: London, UK: HMSO, 1994. p.46-50 SIEC No: 19990007

Morgan discusses the failings of assessing suicide risk simply by matching an individual with risk factors, (e.g. depression) as it yields high numbers of false positives/negatives. There is evidence that shows that even when suicide risk is detected, many patients are able to later commit suicide because of misleading behavior or alienation. Improving risk assessment is discussed. A sequence of assessment questions meant to allow a patient to “open up” their feelings are included. (8 refs.)