Suicide is a complex problem that requires a range of prevention initiatives and methods of evaluation
Keith Hawton, Jane Pirkis
BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | ROYAL COLLEGE OF PSYCHIATRISTS | Published : 2017
A range of factors can contribute to suicide, which means that a multifactorial approach to suicide prevention is necessary. Whereas randomised controlled trials may be suitable for evaluation of some interventions, others require different approaches for assessment of their impact. Also, suicide itself will not always be the most feasible outcome measure.
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Keith Hawton (pictured) is professor of psychiatry and director of the Centre for Suicide Research at the University of Oxford, and a National Institute for Health Research senior investigator. Jane Pirkis is director of the Centre for Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and holds a National Health and Medical Research Council senior research fellowship.