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Are suicides by jumping off bridges preventable? An analysis of 50 cases from Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Community Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Forensic Medicine.
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2004 (English)In: Accident; analysis and prevention, ISSN 0001-4575, Vol. 36, no 4, 691-4 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This is a community-based sequential case series of 50 individuals who committed suicide by jumping from bridges in two regions of Sweden. Of the 50 subjects, 32 were men and 18 women, with a median age of 35 years. At least 40 had psychiatric problems. The frequency of suicide was highest during the summer months and during the weekends. A total of 27 bridges were used, with a total length of just under 9 km. Three bridges accounted for almost half of all suicides. Limiting the availability of one method of committing suicide is reported to reduce the overall suicide rate; why suicide and injury suicide preventive measures might be considered. Since this study demonstrates that few bridges attract suicide candidates, this injury mechanism needs to be acknowledged by the road system owners and included in the safety work.

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2004. Vol. 36, no 4, 691-4 p.
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Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Aged; 80 and over, Environment Design, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Safety Management, Suicide/*prevention & control/statistics & numerical data, Sweden
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-12811DOI: doi:10.1016/S0001-4575(03)00089-7PubMedID: 15094424OAI: diva2:152482
Available from: 2008-01-10 Created: 2008-01-10 Last updated: 2011-01-12Bibliographically approved

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