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Medical News & Perspectives
August 1, 2007

New Tools Aid Violence Risk Assessment

JAMA. 2007;298(5):499-501. doi:10.1001/jama.298.5.499

San Diego—Dangerous or not? Until recently, assessment of whether a person with severe mental illness was likely to commit acts of violence relied solely on clinical impressions and experience.

Structured violence risk assessment tools, developed in the past 15 years, may help clinicians increase the accuracy of their judgment by quantifying the probability of violence, according to talks at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) here in May.