The assessment of clinical risk in mental health services
Date of publication: October 2018
This study examined which risk assessment tools are currently used in mental health services. We wanted to identify how effectively these tools were being used prior to patient suicide, especially in patients rated as at low or no risk of suicide at their final contact with a mental health professional. We also asked staff, patients, and carers about their experience of risk and safety assessment, their views on the effectiveness of risk assessment tools, and how their use might be improved.
Risk assessment tools should not focus on prediction
Risk assessment is not a checklist