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Development and Validation of a Theory Based Screening Process for Suicide Risk

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Annual rept. 1 Jul 2013-1 Aug 2014

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The ultimate objective of this study is to assist in increasing the capacity of military-based health services to accurately identify persons at risk for suicide and to render effective referral dispositions. To do so we will characterize and evaluate the ability of a proposed suicide screening instrument and associated clinical decision-making algorithm to accurately identify at-risk individuals and provide appropriate treatment recommendations. Furthermore we will evaluate key theoretical questions related to distinguishing who is at most risk for actual suicide. Dr. Kari Stephens became the University of Washington UW PI of record in August 2013 when Dr. Steven Vannoy, the former PI, accepted a faculty position at the University of Massachusetts - Boston. Dr. Vannoy became a co-investigator and remained the operational PI on the study. Recruitment operations continued at both Ft. Hood and JBLM until an Unanticipated Problem Involving Risks to Subjects or Others UPIRTSO involving data collection at JBLM halted recruitment at that site in August 2013. HRPO was notified and all documentation and corrective actions were reviewed and found to be in compliance with Federal, DOD and US Army human subjects protection requirements. Recruitment operations continue at Ft. Hood with personnel from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio UTHSCSA collecting data for UW. As of June 2014 a new measure added to the existing research questionnaire with the hope of improving the sensitivity of identifying at-risk individuals. Currently we have consented 687 subjects at JBLM, 511 at Ft. Hood, for a total of 1198 subjects. Due to various factors that have delayed our progress, the data collection and analyses phase of our study could not be completed by our original contract end date. We have requested and received a second one-year no-cost extension to complete the study in 2015.

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  • Psychology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medicine and Medical Research

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