Year: 1989 Source: British Journal of Psychiatry, v.154, (Feb. 1989), p.247-249 SIEC No: 19900107

This article describes the examination of coroner’s & hospital records for 57 suicide patients. The patients were generally chronically ill & risk of suicide continued indefinitely after diagnosis. Risk was recorded in medical notes for 16 patients & in nursing notes for 12, but only 6 patients were under special observation. 1/2 of the patients were thought to be improving at the time of their death. Nursing & environmental factors in suicides need more attention to identify those at risk. (CM)