A recent study described an artificial intelligence solution that can help determine suicide risks in women battling trauma-related disorders.


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 – Researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and Harvard Medical School-affiliated McLean Hospital in Belmont conducted a study assessing the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to predict suicide and gain a better understanding of suicidal self-injury.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate for females in 2020 was 5.5 per 100,000. The overall suicide rate across both sexes increased by 30 percent between 2000 and 2020.

To combat growing suicide rates, the study published in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology aimed to determine whether AI could help predict women who are at risk of dying by suicide.

Researchers included 123 female patients at McLean Hospital in the study, 93 of whom had a history of child abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and varying levels of dissociation. The study also included 30 controls.

The group of researchers developed an algorithm that was designed to predict suicide attempts among participants and identify subgroups of patients who were at the highest risk of entering a suicidal mindset.

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They then used AI approaches to cluster data to expose any existing patterns. The patterns revealed a broad set of dissociative symptoms, such as the lack of connection between one’s sense of self and the environment. This was often due to trauma, the press release noted.[…]

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