Year: 2006 Source: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, v.67, no.4, (April 2006), p.517-523 SIEC No: 20061017

This study tested the hypothesis that suicide rates in the United States are associated with indicators of access to health care services. An ecological study compared age-adjusted suicide rates for men & women with demographic, socioeconomic, & other indices of access to health care by state. In multivariate models of associations, the state rate of federal aid for mental health was the strongest indicator, followed by the rates of uninsured persons & population density of psychiatrists & physicians, & by population density.(76 refs)