Journal article

Suicide and recency of health care contacts. A systematic review.

J Pirkis, P Burgess

The British Journal of Psychiatry | Published : 1998


BACKGROUND: Many countries have set targets for suicide reduction, and suggested that mental health care providers and general practitioners have a key role to play. METHOD: A systematic review of the literature. RESULTS: Among those in the general population who commit suicide, up to 41% may have contact with psychiatric inpatient care in the year prior to death and up to 9% may commit suicide within one day of discharge. The corresponding figures are 11 and 4% for community-based psychiatric care and 83 and 20% for general practitioners. CONCLUSIONS: Among those who die by suicide, contact with health services is common before death. This is a necessary but not sufficient condition for cli..

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