Journal article

The prevalence and correlates of chronic pain and suicidality in a nationally representative sample

Gabrielle Campbell, Shane Darke, Raimondo Bruno, Louisa Degenhardt

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Research suggests that people suffering from chronic pain have elevated rates of suicidality. With an ageing population, more research is essential to gain a better understanding of this association. AIMS: To document the prevalence and correlates of chronic pain and suicide, and estimate the contribution of chronic pain to suicidality. METHOD: Data from the 2007 Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, a nationally representative household survey on 8841 people, aged 16-85 years, was analysed. RESULTS: The odds of lifetime and past 12-month suicidality were two to three times greater in people with chronic pain. Sixty-five percent of people who attempted suicid..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Awarded by NHMRC research fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This study received funding from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC, #1022522). LD is supported by NHMRC research fellowships (#1045318). The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of NSW is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Substance Misuse Prevention and Service Improvements Grant Fund. The funder had no role in the design, conduct, analysis, interpretation or write-up of this manuscript.