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  1. Suicide in a spinal cord injured population : Its relation to functional status.

    Article - En anglais


    To determine the relation between functional status and risk of suicide among individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI), Design : A follow-up study of all individuals who survived a traumatic SC during the period from 1953 through 1990.


    An SC center in eastern Denmark.


    A total of 888 individuals with SCI, including 236 who died, 23 of whom committed suicide.

    Main Outcome Measures 

    Standardized Mortality Ratios (SMRs) of suicides among individuals with SCI.


    A 100% follow-up was established January 1,1993.

    The total suicide rate among individuals with SC was nearly five times higher than expected in the general population and lower for men than for women.

    The suicide rate doubled from an early inclusion period (1953-1971) to a later period (1972-1990).

    An unexpected finding was that the suicide rate in the group of marginally disabled persons was nearly twice as high as the group of functionally complete tetraplegic individuals.


    Given the high frequency of suicide, there is a need for increased awareness by rehabilitation staff and general practitioners regarding depression and psychological adjustment difficulties.

    Such conditions should be given special attention during rehabilitation and follow-up, especially among women with SC and the marginally disabled.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Traumatisme, Moelle épinière, Rachis, Epidémiologie, Facteur risque, Mortalité, Suicide, Analyse corrélation, Symptomatologie, Déficit fonctionnel, Homme, Danois, Système nerveux pathologie, Système nerveux central pathologie, Moelle épinière pathologie, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Rachis pathologie, Trouble moteur, Trouble neurologique

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Trauma, Spinal cord, Spine, Epidemiology, Risk factor, Mortality, Suicide, Correlation analysis, Symptomatology, Functional deficit, Human, Danish, Nervous system diseases, Central nervous system disease, Spinal cord disease, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Spine disease, Motor system disorder, Neurological disorder

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 99-0016117

    Code Inist : 002B16B. Création : 31/05/1999.