Year: 2007 Source: Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, v.13, no.4, (July 2007), p.291-297 SIEC No: 20080518

Risk assessment has become a large & anxiety-provoking part of the work of many psychiatrists. This article examines the different meanings of “risk” to seek out the source of that anxiety, looking at both statistical & sociological ideas about risk. Myths about risk assessment are discussed, including two pertaining to suicide risk. Some possible strategies are considered for minimising the unintended negative consequences that may result from health care professionals attempting to control their anxiety. (13 refs.)