Early Postdischarge Period Linked to Very High Suicide Risk

Psychiatric inpatients are at extreme risk for suicide in the period immediately following discharge, but high-quality aftercare may be protective, new research suggests.

A retrospective case-control study showed that 55% of 100 patients in England with psychiatric illness who died by suicide did so within the first week of being discharged — and nearly half of those died before their first follow-up treatment appointment.

Factors associated with increased suicide risk during this period included hospitalization of less than 1 week, recent adverse events, older age, and comorbid psychiatric disorders.

by Deborah Brauser, Medscape

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