"Follow the Data": An Innovative Suicide Prevention Initiative Turns Up Unexpected Results

October 23, 2019 | Strategic Insights for Health System


What's the news. An Oregon suicide prevention initiative has shown promising results, spurring similar efforts in other states, reports Kaiser Health News (September 23, 2019). Examining suicide trends, a county epidemiologist accompanied the medical examiner as he made his rounds investigating unnatural deaths to determine their causes and found a wealth of data representing "missed opportunities" for tracking and intervening to prevent suicides, such as the person's history of alcohol use, interpersonal violence, job loss, eviction, or foreclosure.

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