Year: 1994 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.151, no.7, (July 1994), p.1087-1088 SIEC No: 19940485

To determine if the suicides in a Finnish psychiatric hospital with a history of a suicide epidemic were clustered & if the sex distribution of the suicides followed a random pattern, 59 consecutive inpatient suicides from 1967-1992 were studied. No statistically significant temporal clustering was found; the sex distribution of the suicides was random. It is concluded that inpatient suicide epidemics seem to be rare & separate events, related more to temporary micro-social factors.