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Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2008 Feb;10(1):60-5.

Review of predictors of suicide within 1 year of discharge from a psychiatric hospital.

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  • 1Suicide Studies Unit, St. Michael's Hospital, 30 Bond Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W8, Canada. taliatroister@gmail.com


Previous research has shown that suicide risk is highest in the year after people have been discharged from a psychiatric hospital. As such, identifying predictors of suicide within this time frame is important. Results from a systematic database search showed that all significant suicide predictors--those found in more than one study--could be grouped into factors related to suicidality, patient care factors, and demographic and psychopathological factors. Increased knowledge of suicide predictors for this particularly high-risk time, identified in this review, can help inform prevention and intervention efforts that may significantly reduce suicide rates.

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