Year: 1999 Source: Psychosomatics, v.40, no.1, (January-February 1999), p.18-27 SIEC No: 19990108

A study of 100 patients who made a severe suicide attempt suggested that the managed care criteria often applied for hospital admission were not predictive of features seen in patients who actually made such attempts. Things such as severe anxiety, panic attacks, a depressed mood, recent loss, or recent substance abuse were excellent predictors of suicidal behaviour. The presence of a specific plan or suicide note were not. Patients with managed care were overrepresented by 245% in this study.