Journal article

Evaluation of treatment in 35 cases of bipolar suicide

Nicholas A Keks, Christine Hill, Suresh Sundram, Annette Graham, Kylee Bellingham, Brian Dean, Ken Opeskin, Arrigo Dorissa, David L Copolov

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | INFORMA HEALTHCARE | Published : 2009

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to evaluate clinical factors relevant to suicide prevention (including treatment) in cases of bipolar suicide with available therapeutic histories. METHOD: Victorian Coroner's Office data enabled identification of suicides that occurred between March 1993 and December 2001. Cases involving sufficient clinical notes to enable diagnosis of DSM-IV bipolar disorder and review of treatment were de-identified and assessed by an expert clinical panel. RESULTS: From 3752 suicides, 35 eligible bipolar subjects (22 men, 13 women) aged 40.3 +/- 1.8 years were identified. Duration of illness was 11.9 +/- 1.1 years. A total of 86% had made at least one previous..

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