Year: 2003 Source: American Journal of Public Health, v.93, no.7, (July 2003), p.1128-1131 SIEC No: 20060906

Risks for suicide & nonfatal self-injury hospitalizations associated with previous injury hospitalizations were investigated in a nationwide retrospective cohort study in New Zealand. Participants were followed for 12 months. Significantly increased age- & sex-adjusted relative risk for suicide were associated with previous hospitalization for self-injury, injuries of undetermined causes, & assault. Also, elevated risks were associated with these causes of hospitalization in the case of subsequent self-injury hospitalizations. Results suggest the potential of targeted suicide prevention for these individuals. (22 refs.)