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High early suicide risk in elderly patients after self-poisoning
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Psychiatry. Department of Clinical Neuroscience/Psychiatry, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
2016 (English)In: Archives of Suicide Research, ISSN 1381-1118, E-ISSN 1573-8159, Vol. 20, no 4, 683-688 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article reports the findings of a follow-up study of suicide mortality in elderly patients after an index episode of self-poisoning. A total of 222 consecutive patients (143 female) aged 65 years or older (mean age 76.5 years; range 65-100) presenting at the emergency department of the Karolinska University Hospital after self-poisoning during 1994-2000, were followed up for the cause of death by January 1, 2006. Survival analysis was applied to study suicide and death risk. Of the 15 suicides, 13 (87%) occurred during the first year after the index episode of self-poisoning (cumulative suicide risk 6.2%). The risk of dying of all causes during the first year was increased fourfold. Self-poisoning in both elderly men and women is associated with high early suicide risk.

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2016. Vol. 20, no 4, 683-688 p.
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elderly, emergency department, self-poisoning, suicide
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Psychiatry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-131901DOI: 10.1080/13811118.2016.1162239ISI: 000392982200015PubMedID: 26984396OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-131901DiVA: diva2:1076643
Available from: 2017-02-23 Created: 2017-02-23 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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