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Lies ... damned lies ... and suicide statistics! 'There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics'. Statement attributed to Disraeli in Mark Twain's Autobiography (1924)

Lies ... damned lies ... and suicide statistics! 'There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics'. Statement attributed to Disraeli in Mark Twain's Autobiography (1924)

Medicine, Science, and the Law 43(4): 315-316

In the absence of any measurable outcome in psychiatry, suicide is now regarded as an outcome measure in Mental Health Services. The National Service Framework (NSF) has set the reduction of the suicide rate by 20 per cent over the next seven years as a national priority. This article will examine how reliable suicide is as an outcome measure.

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DOI: 10.1258/rsmmsl.43.4.315

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