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Screening for Suicide Risk

This topic is in the process of being updated. Please go to the Update in Progress section to see the latest documents available.

This topic page summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for suicide risk.

Current Recommendation

Release Date: May 2004

  • The USPSTF concludes that the evidence is insufficient to recommend for or against routine screening by primary care clinicians to detect suicide risk in the general population.
    Grade: I Statement.

Supporting Documents

Recommendation and Rationale (PDF File, 70 KB; PDF Help)
Summary of the Evidence (PDF File, 933 KB; PDF Help)
Systematic Evidence Review (PDF File; 284 KB; PDF Help)

Update in Progress

In an effort to make the USPSTF recommendations clearer and its processes more transparent, the Task Force is sharing many of its documents for public comment, including draft Research Plans and draft Recommendation Statements. As a result, the final Recommendation Statement is not yet available.

Supporting Documents

Evidence Report

The research team at the Evidence-based Practice Center independently gathers and reviews the available published evidence to address the questions posed by the USPSTF. The resulting draft Evidence Report is critiqued by national subject matter experts before being finalized.

Evidence Report Related Items
Evidence Report (PDF File, 299 KB; PDF Help) Evidence Synthesis (PDF File, 3.25 MB; PDF Help)

Recommendation Statement

The USPSTF reviews the Evidence Report, evaluates the benefits and harms of the clinical preventive service, and discusses and develops one or more preliminary specific recommendations. The resulting draft Recommendation Statement is posted on this Web site for public comment before being finalized.

Due to a technical problem, the USPSTF Web site was not able to accept public comments on the Screening for Suicide Risk in Adolescents, Adults, and Older Adults Draft Recommendation Statement for a brief time on Monday, May 20. Therefore, the USPSTF is extending the public comment period until 6:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 21.

Recommendation Statement Related Items
Draft Recommendation Statement for Public Comment*
(April 23–May 21, 2013)
Consumer Fact Sheet (PDF File, 69 KB; PDF Help)

* Note: Draft Recommendation Statements are by their nature not final, and should not be interpreted as to represent official USPSTF recommendations for practice. Draft Recommendation Statements are provided by the USPSTF for informational purposes only.

Current as of May 2013

Internet Citation:

Screening for Suicide Risk, Topic Page. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspssuic.htm


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