Year: 1988 Source: Journal of the National Medical Association, v.80, no.8, (Aug. 1988), p.889-895 SIEC No: 19900082

A retrospective, descriptive study of 294 suicide attempters evaluated by a general hospital’s psychiatric service was completed by chart review. The 1980 sample differed from prior studies of this setting. 71% had a prior psychiatric history, 31% were psychotic, & 25% were substance abusers. Overdose was the most common method with an increase in the use of psychoactive medication. The ratio of the rates of male to female suicide attempters had increased to .8191.