Year: 2004 Source: Archives of Suicide Research, v.8, no.3, (2004), p.263-269 SIEC No: 20041294

The present study examined the possibility that skilled clinicians could identify suicides blind from case records of last episode of care. Records of 39 suicides of psychiatric patients & their matched controls were abstracted blind & dichotomously rated for suicide by 7 raters. Success in identification of cases approximated to chance expectation. The implications of these findings for clinical & medico-legal practice are discussed. (13 refs)