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Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2010 Dec;40(6):597-608. doi: 10.1521/suli.2010.40.6.597.

Severe pain predicts greater likelihood of subsequent suicide.

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VA Serious Mental Illness Treatment Research and Evaluation Center, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. marki@umich.edu

Abstract

Using data from the 1999 Large Health Survey of Veterans, Veterans Affairs' medical records, and the National Death Index (N = 260,254), the association between self-reported pain severity and suicide among veterans as examined, after accounting for demographic variables and psychiatric diagnoses. A Cox proportional hazards regression demonstrated that veterans with severe pain were more likely to die by suicide than patients experiencing none, mild, or moderate pain (HR: 1.33; 95% CI: 1.15, 1.54), after controlling for demographic and psychiatric characteristics. These results indicate that pain evaluations should be included in comprehensive suicide assessments and suicide prevention efforts.

PMID:
21198328
DOI:
10.1521/suli.2010.40.6.597
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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