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Australas Psychiatry. 2006 Dec;14(4):359-64.

Suicide for scrutinizers.

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University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tas, Australia. spridmore@iprimus.com.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The aim is to present information which may be useful to those who scrutinize mental health professionals and systems in the aftermath of completed suicide.

CONCLUSION:

Suicide has been known in all cultures, throughout history, and may be committed in the absence of mental disorder. Risk factors for suicide are known but they are of limited clinical utility. Prediction and prevention of suicide are beyond current abilities. Criticism of mental health professionals and systems in the aftermath of suicide may be destructive and work to the disadvantage of patients.

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