The U.S. Gov­ern­ment Ac­count­abil­ity Of­fice says in­ac­cu­rate med­i­cal records and non­com­pli­ance are thwart­ing ef­forts to lower sui­cide rates among vet­er­ans.

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A re­view of records of 30 pa­tients who were di­ag­nosed with a ma­jor de­pres­sive dis­or­der and were treated at six Vet­er­ans Af­fairs med­i­cal cen­ters found that al­most all had re­ceived care that de­vi­ated from the VA’s own clin­i­cal-prac­tice guide­lines. The GAO also found that the VA was not prop­erly doc­u­ment­ing the di­ag­no­sis of many pa­tients be­cause of a soft­ware map­ping er­ror. The VA said the sui­cide rate had sta­bi­lized but had not dropped af­ter pre­ven­tion ef­forts were im­ple­mented. It’s es­ti­mated that 22 vet­er­ans die by sui­cide each day.

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