U-M researchers develop screening tool that predicts teen suicide risk
ANN ARBOR – Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a universal screening tool that accurately predicts the suicide risk of a teenagers during emergency care visits. According to the researchers, their suicidal risk level is determined using a combination of risk factors. AdWhile other suicide screening tools exist, King said many high risk young people slip through the cracks, and in some cases, some adolescents rank as “false positives” for suicide risk. The computerized screening tool predicted suicide risk with 88% accuracy when tested on two cohorts of adolescents ages 12-17 who visited emergency departments. Additionally, emergency departments recently reported that visits related to youth suicide risk and self-harm have doubled.