Background Despite the high suicide rate in the elderly, there is a relative lack of information on the longer-term outcome of elderly people who have attempted suicide, particularly their psychiatric and physical morbidity and mortality Method Comprehensive demographic and psychiatric data were available on 100 consecutive referrals to a liaison psychiatric service of patients over 65 years of age who attempted suicide between 1989 and 1992.
Detailed follow-up in 1994 included the interviewing of survivors using GMS - AGECAT.
Results Ofthe 64 women and 36 men, with a mean age of 75.8 years, 42 subjects were dead at follow-up : 12 were suspected suicides, five having died as a delayed result oftheir index attempt.
Twelve women made a further non-lethal suicide attempt.
All five male repeat attempts proved fatal.
Conclusions Elderly people who attempt suicide have a high mortality both from completed suicide and death from other causes.
The completed suicide rate is at least 1.5% per year, and the repetition rate is 5.4% per year.
Those at risk of further self-harm are likely to be in contact with psychiatric services and to be suffering from persistent depression.
Mots-clés Pascal : Tentative suicide, Vieillard, Homme, Mortalité, Sexe, Age, Facteur risque, Epidémiologie, Etude longitudinale
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Suicide attempt, Elderly, Human, Mortality, Sex, Age, Risk factor, Epidemiology, Follow up study
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0402372
Code Inist : 002B18E. Création : 19/12/1997.