September 2019

Fibromyalgia (FM) patients are 10x more likely to die by suicide than the general population. The purpose of this study was to externally validate published models predicting suicidal ideation and attempts in FM and identify interpretable risk and protective factors for suicidality unique to FM. This is the first study to successfully apply machine learning to reliably detect suicidality in FM, identifying novel risk factors for suicidality and highlighting outpatient engagement as a protective factor against suicide.

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