Task Force Says Asking All Patients About Suicide Won't Cut Risk

May 21, 2014 8:50 PM

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Task Force Says Asking All Patients About Suicide Won't Cut Risk

Suicide remains a leading cause of death in the United States, especially among teenagers and young adults. Anything that could reduce the toll would be good.

But asking everyone who goes to the doctor if he is considering suicide isn't the answer, according to a federal panel that evaluated the effectiveness of existing screening tools for suicide. They found there wasn't enough evidence to know whether screening the general public helps or hurts.

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