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Letters Suicide risk and intervention in mental illness

Study on suicide risk assessment in mental illness underestimates inpatient suicide risk

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 20 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i267
  1. Matthew Large, psychiatrist1
  1. 1Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, NSW 2031, Australia
  1. mmbl{at}

In their recent state of the art clinical review, Bolton and colleagues state “A meta-analysis of 27 studies reported a rate of 147 suicides per 100 000 inpatient years, with individual studies reporting figures as high as 860 suicides per 100 000 inpatient years.”1 However, the paper …

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