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Citation

Conner KR, Langley JD, Tomaszewski KJ, Conwell Y. Am. J. Public Health 2003; 93(7): 1128-1131.

Affiliation

University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide, Rochester, NY 14642, USA. kenneth_connor@urmc.rochester.edu

Copyright

(Copyright © 2003, American Public Health Association)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

12835197

PMCID

PMC1447921

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Risks for suicide and nonfatal self-injury hospitalizations associated with previous injury hospitalizations were investigated in a nationwide retrospective cohort study conducted in New Zealand. METHODS: Linked data from all New Zealand public hospitals were used to identify individuals with injury hospitalizations. Participants were followed for 12 months. RESULTS: Significantly increased age- and sex-adjusted relative risks for suicide were associated with previous hospitalization for self-injury, injuries of undetermined causes, and assault. Also, elevated risks were associated with these causes of hospitalization in the case of subsequent self-injury hospitalizations. CONCLUSIONS: Results indicate that identifiable subgroups of individuals hospitalized for injuries are at marked risk for serious suicidal behavior and suggest the potential of targeted suicide prevention for these individuals.

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