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Risk assessment and receiver operating characteristic curves

  • G. Szmukler (a1), B. Everitt (a2) and M. Leese (a1)
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Risk assessment is now regarded as a necessary competence in psychiatry. The area under the curve (AUC) statistic of the receiver operating characteristic curve is increasingly offered as the main evidence for accuracy of risk assessment instruments. But, even a highly statistically significant AUC is of limited value in clinical practice.

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*Address for correspondence: G. Szmukler, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Society, Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK. (Email: george.szmukler@kcl.ac.uk)
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