Suicide among the Elderly in Long-Term Care Facilities


This is the first large-scale study of suicide in a population of institutionalized older adults. From their findings, the authors identify the most "at risk" groups and highlight the major factors contributing to suicide in older adults in institutions. Results of the survey of over 1,000 administrators of long-term care facilities confirmed that suicidal behavior occurred in approximately 20 percent of the facilities that responded, and that high-risk groups include white males and patients of 75 years old and older. Certain enviornmental factors are also related to the occurrence and outcome of suicidal behavior. The authors use their survey results to provide suggestions for suicide prevention.

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