Year: 2007 Source: Archives of Suicide Research, v.11, no.3, (2007), p.291-295 SIEC No: 20080349

Blindly abstracted records of last episode of care together with aftercare records of 39 psychiatric patient suicides & their matched controls were rated blind for suicidal talk during aftercare, reduction of aftercare at last appointment & high-low suicide risk. Neither suicidal talk nor reduction of aftercare was confirmed as a predictor of suicide, although trends in the predicted directions were observed. Blind estimates of high-low risk correctly identified a significant minority of suicides but at the cost of misclassifying 60% as controls. Some implications for practice & research are discussed. (13 refs.)