Veteran suicide rates have long exceeded those of other U.S. adults. To address this issue, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) created a suicide risk prediction algorithm to identify Veterans Health Administration (VHA) patients with the highest statistical risk for suicide.

Research has shown that among at-risk patients identified by the model, those identified in the top 0.1% tier of predicted risk die by suicide at a rate 30 times that of the overall VHA patient population. 

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