Journal article

Characteristics of patients with cancer who die by suicide: Coronial case series in an Australian state

Justin Dwyer, Jeremy Dwyer, Richard Hiscock, Clare O'Callaghan, Keryn Taylor, Margaret Ross, Lyndal Bugeja, Jennifer Philip

PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Suicide rates are elevated in epidemiological studies, but extrapolating population level data to the individual patient cancer is difficult, and there is a dearth of studies examining how suicidality might be linked to the cancer experience. We examine the cancer-suicide correlates to explore clinical implications and future research directions. METHOD: We used a novel database to examine all suicide deaths reported to the Coroners Court of Victoria between 2009 and 2013 in individuals with active, diagnosed cancer. Cases were classified in relation to whether cancer had been a probable, possible, or unlikely influence on suicidal ideation. Sociodemographic, clinical, health serv..

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