Year: 1975 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.132, no.2, (1975), p.150-153 SIEC No: 19830039

The authors note that although the psychiatric hospital is often used as a means of preventing the suicide of disturbed patients, some hospitalized patients succeed in committing suicide: such an event is distressing for hospital staffs as well as for patients & families. However, the authors believe that the occasional occurrence of in-hospital suicide is inevitable. They present data on the frequency and characteristics of suicides among hospitalized psychiatric patients in L.A. County.(SIEC)