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Suicide risk peaks in first week of psychiatric hospitalisation and post-discharge

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Q Which psychiatric hospitalisation variables influence suicide risk?

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Case control study.

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Data on suicides was for 17 years (1981–97), data on hospitalisations for 29 years (1969–97).

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Database analysis of Danish national longitudinal registers going back to 1969.

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21 169 people (cases; 13 681 men and 7488 women) who had committed suicide (ICD-8 and 10 classification) and 423 128 sex and age matched controls (273 371 men and 149 757 women) who were alive at the time of suicide of the matched case. Cases not resident in Denmark at the beginning of the year in which they committed suicide were excluded.

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Time since most recent psychiatric hospitalisation, main diagnosis at …

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