Algorithms ‘useless’ at predicting suicide

Findings underscore the need for doctors to be aware of patients' risk factors
Lydia Hales

The power of big data algorithms to accurately predict whether a patient will take their own life is close to zero and will not replace the need for doctors’ risk assessments any time soon, experts say.

The comments come on the back of new US research that aimed to determine the effectiveness of current suicide prediction models at identifying those at risk of taking their own lives.