3 things doctors can do to reduce suicides

These brief interventions have been linked with a 31% reduction in risk of suicide attempt, researchers say

Brief suicide prevention interventions may reduce the risk of a subsequent suicide attempt, a US study suggests.

The meta-analysis of 14 studies with outcomes for more than 4000 patients found that certain brief interventions were associated with a 31% reduction in risk of subsequent suicide.

The study identified which actions were effective, said lead researcher Dr Stephanie Doupnik, an assistant professor of paediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania.

According to the results published in JAMA Psychiatry