Year: 1991 Source: The Clinical Journal of Pain, v.7, no.1, (March 1991), p.29-36 SIEC No: 19920466

The problem of suicide completion among chronic pain patients was investigated. Follow-up data from the authors’ pain centre revealed 3 patients who completed suicide. Statistical analysis revealed that all chronic pain patient suicide rates were significantly greater than suicide rates in the general American population. Although no firm conclusions can be drawn because of the small suicide sample, the study does indicate the need for further research into chronic pain patient suicide rates.