Screening for Suicide Risk: Recommendation Statement: United States Preventive Services Task Force

The Internet Journal of Mental Health 01/2005;
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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that the evidence is insufficient to recommend for or against routine screening by primary care clinicians to detect suicide risk in the general population.

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