Clusters of suicides and suicide attempts: detection, proximity and correlates
LS Too, J Pirkis, A Milner, MJ Spittal
EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRIC SCIENCES | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2017
BACKGROUND: A suicide cluster is defined as a higher number of observed cases occurring in space and/or time than would typically be expected. Previous research has largely focused on identifying clusters of suicides, while there has been comparatively limited research on clusters of suicide attempts. We sought to identify clusters of both types of behaviour, and having done that, identify the factors that distinguish suicide attempts inside a cluster from those that were outside a cluster. METHODS: We used data from Western Australia from 2000 to 2011. We defined suicide attempts as admissions to hospital for deliberate self-harm and suicides as deaths due to deliberate self-harm. Using an ..View full abstract
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This work was supported by Australian Rotary Health.