Quality of risk assessment prior to suicide and homicide

  • Rahman M
  • Kapur N
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Reply by the current authors to the comments made by Matthew Large & Olav Nielssen (see record 2013-38885-011) on the original article, Quality of risk assessment prior to suicide and homicide: A pilot study (2013). Rahman et al. are grateful to Large & Nielssen for their interest in the report from the pilot study, but think they may have misunderstood its main purpose and wished to investigate the 'low risk paradox'-the fact that in the National Confidential Inquiry data, risk is nearly always reported as low prior to suicide and homicide. Rahman et al. would wholeheartedly agree with Large & Nielssen's suggestion that assessments should be compassionate, ethical and needs-focused. However, Rahman et al. would take issue with their objection to risk assessment as a whole-Rahman et al. think it is never futile and can sometimes be life-saving. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)




Rahman, M. S., & Kapur, N. (2014). Quality of risk assessment prior to suicide and homicide. The Psychiatric Bulletin, 38(01), 46–47. https://doi.org/10.1192/pb.38.1.46b

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