Year: 2002 Source: Psychological Medicine, v.32, no.2, (February 2002), p.239-250 SIEC No: 20030053

The authors studied nurse suicides in England & Wales, with psychological autopsy study & case-control comparison with living nurses. Nearly three-quarters of nurse suicides had previous contact with psychiatric services & almost half had been psychiatric in-patients in the past. There were particularly marked differences between the cases & controls for current psychiatric disorder, personality disorder, & history of deliberate self-harm. Family background & social factors also distinguished the two groups. (21 refs)