Searchable Title

Selecting a Risk Assessment Tool to Use in Practice: A 10-Point Guide. Copyright: Creative Commons License.

Searchable Authors

S Fazel
A Wolf

Reference Type

Journal Article

Authors, Section

Fazel, S.; Wolf, A.

Title, Section

Selecting a Risk Assessment Tool to Use in Practice: A 10-Point Guide. Copyright: Creative Commons License.

Publication Year

2018

Journal Title

Evidence-Based Mental Health

Volume

21

Issue

2

Pages

41-43

Availability

online

PMID

PMID: 29269440

DOI

10.1136/eb-2017-102861

Abstract

With the increase in the number of risk assessment tools and clinical algorithms in many areas of science and medicine, this Perspective article provides an overview of research findings that can assist in informing the choice of an instrument for practical use. We take the example of violence risk assessment tools in criminal justice and forensic psychiatry, where there are more than 200 such instruments and their use is typically mandated. We outline 10 key questions that researchers, clinicians and other professionals should ask when deciding what tool to use, which are also relevant for public policy and commissioners of services. These questions are based on two elements: research underpinning the external validation, and derivation or development of a particular instrument. We also recommend some guidelines for reporting drawn from consensus guidelines for research in prognostic models.

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