Year: 1999 Source: Archives of General Psychiatry, v.56, no.11, (November 1999), p.1048-1053 SIEC No: 19990741

Suicidal ideation, past suicidal behaviour, severity of depression, cognitive impairment, medical burden, disability & social support were studied in 354 patients with depression aged 61-93 years. During the index episode, suicidal ideation was predicted by previous suicide attempts with serious intent, severity of depression & poor social support. A history of suicide attempts was most likely to be reported by elderly patients with severe depression & functional disability. (42 refs.)