Year: 2008 Source: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, v.26, no.2, (2008), p.49-62 SIEC No: 20090663

This study examined correlates of suicide ideation in a population based sample of patients with cancer. Data from the sixth National Mortality Followback Survey were analyzed for 980 individuals. Multiple logistic regression analyses included sociodemographic, health-related factors, & social support variables. Prevalence of suicide ideation was 17.7%. Suicidality was significantly more likely in patients who were previously married, had a history of mental illness, died of lung, respiratory, or oral cancer, had one or more chronic diseases, & used multiple prescription drugs in the past year. Suicide ideation was not solely a manifestation of depression. (26 refs.)