Journal article

Spatial suicide clusters in Australia between 2010 and 2012: a comparison of cluster and non-cluster among young people and adults

Jo Robinson, Lay San Too, Jane Pirkis, Matthew J Spittal

BMC PSYCHIATRY | BMC | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: A suicide cluster has been defined as a group of suicides that occur closer together in time and space than would normally be expected. We aimed to examine the extent to which suicide clusters exist among young people and adults in Australia and to determine whether differences exist between cluster and non-cluster suicides. METHODS: Suicide data were obtained from the National Coronial Information System for the period 2010 and 2012. Data on date of death, postcode, age at the time of death, sex, suicide method, ICD-10 code for cause of death, marital status, employment status, and aboriginality were retrieved. We examined the presence of spatial clusters separately for youth su..

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