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Suicide in schizophrenia: a retrospective case-control study of 51 suicides

Suicide in schizophrenia: a retrospective case-control study of 51 suicides
Suicide in schizophrenia: a retrospective case-control study of 51 suicides
The aim of this study was to identify factors associated with suicide in patients with schizophrenia who required inpatient admission and to compare these factors with the risk profile of patients with other diagnoses also requiring inpatient care. A retrospective, matched case-control study of 51 patients with schizophrenia requiring psychiatric inpatient care was undertaken. A priori specified risk factors were investigated within the schizophrenia group and compared with those of patients with other psychiatric diagnoses. The results show that previous suicide attempts are associated with an increased risk of suicide across all diagnoses. The presence of depressive symptoms and involvement of police with the index admission become more significant factors in patients with schizophrenia, compared to those with other diagnoses. Supportive mental health accommodation is associated with a reduced risk of suicide. Suicide of individuals is difficult to predict in patients with schizophrenia. Young men appear particularly vulnerable at times of inpatient care. Depressive symptoms and previous suicide attempts are significant risk factors.
schizophrenia, suicide, attempted suicide, risk assessment
0586-7614
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Sinclair, Julia M.A.
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Mullee, Mark A.
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King, Elizabeth A.
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Sinclair, Julia M.A., Mullee, Mark A., King, Elizabeth A. and Baldwin, David S. (2004) Suicide in schizophrenia: a retrospective case-control study of 51 suicides. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 30 (4), 803-811. (PMID:15954192)

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to identify factors associated with suicide in patients with schizophrenia who required inpatient admission and to compare these factors with the risk profile of patients with other diagnoses also requiring inpatient care. A retrospective, matched case-control study of 51 patients with schizophrenia requiring psychiatric inpatient care was undertaken. A priori specified risk factors were investigated within the schizophrenia group and compared with those of patients with other psychiatric diagnoses. The results show that previous suicide attempts are associated with an increased risk of suicide across all diagnoses. The presence of depressive symptoms and involvement of police with the index admission become more significant factors in patients with schizophrenia, compared to those with other diagnoses. Supportive mental health accommodation is associated with a reduced risk of suicide. Suicide of individuals is difficult to predict in patients with schizophrenia. Young men appear particularly vulnerable at times of inpatient care. Depressive symptoms and previous suicide attempts are significant risk factors.

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Published date: 2004
Keywords: schizophrenia, suicide, attempted suicide, risk assessment

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Local EPrints ID: 24505
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/24505
ISSN: 0586-7614
PURE UUID: 4e972c53-472b-4ee3-961f-58b97288e3c9
ORCID for Julia M.A. Sinclair: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1905-2025
ORCID for David S. Baldwin: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3343-0907

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Date deposited: 30 Mar 2006
Last modified: 09 Jan 2022 02:52

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Author: Mark A. Mullee
Author: Elizabeth A. King

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