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Health care contacts before and after attempted suicide

  • Suominen, K
  • Ostamo, A
  • Isometsä, E
Julkaistu 2.6.2004

Health care contacts before and after attempted suicide

Publication: Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2002 Feb;37(2):89-94.

Authors: Suominen KH, Isometsa ET, Ostamo AI, Lonnqvist JK.

Department of Mental Health and Alcohol Research, National Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland. kirsi.suominen@ktl.fi

Objective: The prevalence and timing of contact with health care predicting and after a suicide attempt are not well known. This study systematically investigated the pattern of all health care contacts both before and after attempted suicide.

Methods: All consecutive 1,198 suicide attempters treated in hospital emergency rooms in Helsinki during a 12-month period were identified. Data were gathered on all health care contacts 1 year before and after the index attempt.

Results: The vast majority of the suicide attempters had contact with health care during the 12 months before and after the index attempt. However, half were without a treatment contact during the final 30 days before the index attempt and one-third in the 30 days following the attempt. Suicide attempters who were not referred to aftercare, did not suffer from a previously recognised major mental disorder, were male, or made non-violent attempts were less likely to be receiving treatment after the attempt.

Conclusion: Although most suicide attempters have contact with health care within the year before and after the parasuicide, far fewer actually have a treatment contact at the time of the attempt.

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