Letters Stratifying suicide risk

Risk tools are used to protect doctors and institutions

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5531 (Published 07 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5531
  1. Frederick P Souza-Faria, consultant psychiatrist
  1. Kidderminster Hospital, Kidderminster DY11 6RJ, UK
  1. fred.souzafaria{at}gmail.com

Large and colleagues’ article is important as it appeals for better clinical practice and advocates individualised assessments rather than over-reliance on instruments that have little evidence of effectiveness.1 However, risk instruments also serve …

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