Risk of violence by psychiatric patients: beyond the "actuarial versus clinical" assessment debate.

@article{Buchanan2008RiskOV,
  title={Risk of violence by psychiatric patients: beyond the "actuarial versus clinical" assessment debate.},
  author={Alec Buchanan},
  journal={Psychiatric services},
  year={2008},
  volume={59 2},
  pages={184-90}
}
Recently adopted statistical approaches improve researchers' ability to describe what is, and what is not, possible in the prediction of violence by psychiatric patients. At the base rates of violence routinely encountered in outpatient settings, current assessment methods would require hospital admission of large numbers of patients who are potential offenders in order to prevent the actual offending of a few. Suggestions that substantially greater accuracy is possible for short-term… CONTINUE READING
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