Suicide and the Hospital Service – A Study of Hospital Records of Patients who Subsequently Committed Suicide
30 suicides in 1 town occurring over a 7 yr period were examined. Hospital notes showed 9 Ss had recently received treatment for physical illness. 10 Ss had recently had treatment for physical illness alone. Physical & mental illness were both significantly higher than in a control group matched for age & sex. The necessity for active followup of discharged psychiatric patients should be emphasized. Similarly, there is often a need for psychiatric intervention in prolonged physical illness.