The role of suicide risk in the decision for psychiatric hospitalization after a suicide attempt
Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 01/19/2011
Miret M et al. – Suicide risk appears to be an adequate explanatory variable for predicting the decision to admit a patient to a psychiatric ward after a suicide attempt, although the introduction of other variables improves the model. These results provide additional information regarding factors involved in everyday medical practice in emergency settings.
Analyses of 840 clinical records of patients who had attempted suicide (66.3% women) at 4 public general hospitals in Madrid (Spain)
180 (21.4%) patients were admitted to psychiatric units
Logistic regression analyses showed that explanatory variables predicting admission were: male gender; previous psychiatric hospitalization; psychiatric disorder; not having substance-related disorder; use of lethal method; delay until discovery of more than 1 hour; previous attempts; suicidal ideation; high suicidal planning; and lack of verbalization of adequate criticism of attempt
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