Year: 1988 Source: American Journal of Public Health, v.78, no.5, (May 1988), p.541-543 SIEC No: 19880391

The date of death was compared with the date of injury for 42,698 California suicides, 1973-85. Findings revealed that 92.6% of the suicides occurred within one day of the injury date. Graphs of daily suicides by injury date & by death date display essentially identical patterns around the holidays, day of the week, & after publicized suicide stories. These findings suggest that the difference is so small that it does not need to be taken into account in the analysis of temporal fluctuations.