Year: 1990 Source: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, v.82, no.5, (November 1990), p.385-388 SIEC No: 19910283

Records from a poison unit in England were analyzed & compared by age groups. The author found that risk factors for future suicide–such as living alone, physical illness, psychiatric illness & high suicidal intent in the attempt–were much more common among elderly patients than middle-aged patients, & even les common among young patients. The author condludes attempted suicide by the elderly resembles completed suicide & these patients should be considered high risk. (VM)