Year: 2001 Source: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, v.55, no.12, (December 2001), p.863-866 SIEC No: 20020679

Examined whether there are increased rates of suicide after a stroke & the degree to which any increase is related to gender, age at stroke, diagnosis, duration of hospitalization, & time since stroke. It was found that stroke patients are at an approximately doubled risk for suicide. This risk is greater among younger patients & among patients hospitalised for a relatively shorter time. The risk appears to decline with time after a stroke, being greatest within the first 5 years. (22 refs)