Suicide among psychiatric patients : a case-control study

Pirkis, Jane, Burgess, Philip and Jolley, Damien 2002, Suicide among psychiatric patients : a case-control study, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 86-91.

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Title Suicide among psychiatric patients : a case-control study
Author(s) Pirkis, Jane
Burgess, Philip
Jolley, Damien
Journal name Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Volume number 36
Issue number 1
Start page 86
End page 91
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication Australia
Publication date 2002
ISSN 0004-8674
1440-1614
Keyword(s) case-control study
risk factors
suicide
Summary Objective: To examine patient- and treatment-based differences between psychiatric patients who do and do not die by suicide. Method: By linking databases of deaths and psychiatric service use in Victoria, we compared 597 cases who suicided over 5 years with individually matched controls. Results: Cases and controls could not be distinguished on the majority of patient- or treatment- based characteristics. The exceptions were that cases were more likely to be male, less likely to be outside the labour force, more likely to have recent contact with inpatient and community services, and more likely to have a registration as their last contact. Conclusions: Patients who suicide 'look' similar to those who do not, suggesting prevention approaches should ensure that all psychiatric patients receive optimal care, including appropriate detection, diagnosis, assessment and treatment of mental health problems, and careful, individualised assessment of suicide risk.

Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008526

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health Sciences
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