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A Computer Interview for Suicide-Risk Prediction
JOHN H. GREIST; THOMAS P. LAUGHREN; DAVID H. GUSTAFSON; FRED F. STAUSS; GLEN L. ROWSE; JOHN A. CHILES
Am J Psychiatry 1973;130:1327-1332.
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Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin Medical School, 1300 University Ave., Madison, Wis. 53706, and Psychiatrist, Division of Mental Hygiene, State of Wisconsin

Resident, Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin Medical School, 1300 University Ave., Madison, Wis. 53706

Associate Professor, at the School of Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin

Graduate student at the School of Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.

1973, The American Psychiatric Association

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To establish the feasibility of using computers to interview suicidal patients, the authors developed a computer program, a mathematical prediction model, and a "subjective" data base; computer interviews were then administered to 22 patients. The authors obtained a summary of the clinical state of each patient as well as a prediction of whether he would make a suicide attempt or not. They found that the patients preferred the computer interview to talking to a physician. In a separate retrospective study, the computer was more accurate than clinicians in predicting suicide attempts.

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