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Integrating Predictive Modeling Into Mental Health Care: An Example in Suicide Prevention.

Reger GM, McClure ML, Ruskin D, Carter SP, Reger MA. Integrating Predictive Modeling Into Mental Health Care: An Example in Suicide Prevention. Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.). 2019 Jan 1; 70(1):71-74.

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Recent advances in statistical methods and computing power have improved the ability to predict risks associated with mental illness with more efficiency and accuracy. However, integrating statistical prediction into a clinical setting poses new challenges that need creative solutions. A case example explores the challenges and innovations that emerged at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital while implementing REACH VET (Recovery Engagement and Coordination for Health-Veterans Enhanced Treatment), a suicide prevention program that is based on a predictive model that identifies veterans at statistical risk for suicide.

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