Suicide Rates After Discharge From Psychiatric Facilities Surprisingly High

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Michael Large, BSc, MBBS, FRANZCP, DMedSci
School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, 
The Prince of Wales Hospitals, Randwick
New South Wales, Australia

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: It has been increasingly recognized that recently discharged patients have an increased suicide risk. We synthesized the global research over the last half century finding a dramatically elevated suicide rate in the months post discharge and a surprisingly high and enduring rate over much longer periods.

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Having been a psychiatric inpatients seems to be the strongest known risk factor for suicide and even discharged patients who seem not to have other risk factors need to be able to access long term care and assistance.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: Future research needs to concentrate on establishing the most effective suicide reducing interventions for post discharge patients.

MedicalResearch.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Response: Future research needs to concentrate on establishing the most effective suicide reducing interventions for post discharge patients.

MedicalResearch.com: Thank you for your contribution to the MedicalResearch.com community.

Citation:

Chung DT, Ryan CJ, Hadzi-Pavlovic D, Singh SP, Stanton C, Large MM. Suicide Rates After Discharge From Psychiatric Facilities A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Psychiatry. Published online May 31, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.1044

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