A Practical Risk Calculator for Suicidal Behavior Among Transitioning U.S. Army Soldiers - D'Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families

A Practical Risk Calculator for Suicidal Behavior Among Transitioning U.S. Army Soldiers

Risk of suicide-related behaviors is elevated among military personnel transitioning to civilian life. An earlier report showed that high-risk U.S. Army soldiers could be identified shortly before this transition with a machine learning model that included predictors from administrative systems, self-report surveys, and geospatial data. Based on this result, a Veterans Affairs and Army initiative was launched to evaluate a suicide prevention intervention for high-risk transitioning soldiers. To make targeting practical, though, a streamlined model and risk calculator were needed that used only a short series of self-report survey questions.

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