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USPSTF: Not Enough Evidence to Recommend Screening for Suicide Risk — Physician’s First Watch

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May 20, 2014

USPSTF: Not Enough Evidence to Recommend Screening for Suicide Risk

By Kristin J. Kelley

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says there is insufficient evidence on whether or not primary-care interventions reduce suicide risk in adolescents, adults, and older adults who haven't been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder.

Patients at high risk for suicide more often present in emergency departments, not through routine screening, says the task force. The grade I statement (i.e., there is inadequate evidence “to assess the balance of benefits and harms” of a practice) is published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and updates the group's 2004 recommendation.

The USPSTF advises primary care clinicians to screen for depression when there can be adequate follow-up. High-risk patients (e.g., those with psychiatric disorders or those who've been to the ED for self-harm) should be monitored to reduce the risk for suicide.

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