Year: 1988 Source: AAS Newslink, v.14, no.1, (March 1988), p.8 SIEC No: 19880032

This brief article presents highlights from the 1st national study of suicide in long-term care facilities conducted in the U.S. Questionnaires mailed to a random sample of 1080 LTC facilities yielded responses from 463, representing a patient population of 30,269. 1% had engaged in some form of suicidal behavior. The suicide rate for these residents was 94.9/100,000, compared to 12.0/100,000 for the general population. Males & those aged 75+ were found to be at highest risk. (NBB)