The National Institutes of Health will convene a Pathways to Prevention workshop to assess the available scientific evidence to better understand the importance of identifying efforts that could be effective in preventing suicidal thoughts and behaviors as early as possible. An impartial, independent panel will identify research gaps and future research priorities. The workshop will seek to clarify:
- How can national, state, and community data systems be linked to existing data from suicide prevention efforts in order to add possible value for stakeholders? What methods are available to link the data systems?
- Which statistical methods are reliable and valid for understanding possible mediators and moderators in suicide prevention programs to improve targeting interventions to populations?
- Which statistical methods are reliable and valid for analyzing linked national, state, and community data systems and suicide prevention data to avoid misleading conclusions?
- Given the current state of research, what types of methodological/analytic advances would promote further evaluation of youth suicide prevention efforts (e.g., new approaches to data linkage; increased use of common data elements; approaches to intervention harmonization) and facilitate intervention selection and implementation decisions by local community and state-level policymakers?
- What is the way forward that will help the suicide prevention research community realize the potential benefits of early prevention? What are the immediate and longer-term research investments needed to accomplish this?
Tuesday, March 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT, and Wednesday, March 30 from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT
Masur Auditorium (Building 10) on the NIH main campus, Bethesda, Maryland.
Suicide was the second leading cause of death for youth (10- to 24-year-olds) in 2014, resulting in 5,504 deaths in the United States. This mortality has not decreased compared to other external causes of death, and youth suicide attempts have remained at consistent rates for decades.
One of the challenges in suicide prevention research is that the primary outcome of interest is multidetermined and, depending on the target population, suicide can be a low base rate occurrence. Closing the research gaps related to youth suicide, pooling studies, and being able to link data from individual studies to multiple data surveillance systems is important to better understand the effectiveness of prevention strategies on outcomes such as suicide, suicide attempts, and suicide ideation.
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The workshop is sponsored by the NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), theNational Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).
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