Suicide risk assessment: where are we now?

Christopher J Ryan, Matthew M Large and Sascha Callaghan
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10840
Published online: 21 October 2013

In reply: It is not possible to usefully divide patients who present in psychological crisis into those at higher or lower risk of eventual suicide. Categorising patients in this way cannot assist in determining their management.

  • Christopher J Ryan1,2
  • Matthew M Large3
  • Sascha Callaghan2

  • 1 Discipline of Psychiatry, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.

Competing interests:

Matthew Large has received speaker fees from AstraZeneca.


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