SPSMer chat about suicide risk assessment apps, 2/19/17, 9pCT.
In the years since SPSM started (we can’t believe we are writing this sentence) there has been an explosion of app development in the suicide prevention space. And, interestingly enough, there has been very little scientific review for this. There has been an very interesting review of these, and you should read it, here.
And, in recent months, there is even one digital tool (when combined with a blood test) that developers suggest may be able to predict your likelihood of suicide risk with high accuracy.
One area of particular controversy are apps that propose to identify your level of suicide risk. Given that assigning “low/medium/high” risk levels is a somewhat common clinical activity, that also has some controversial empiric basis, and the possible implications of having a digital tool that does this, SPSM will be discussing the implications and issues surrounding these apps.
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