Year: 2005 Source: Medicine, Science, and the Law, v.45, no.1, (January 2005), p.31-38 SIEC No: 20100375

This study examined the association between a trend of decline in age-specific suicide rates in the elderly in England & Wales & changes in various health & social factors for the period, 1985-1998. Changes in the number of general practitioners & hospital medical staff, the hospital psychiatric services, the number of local authority staff, & the number of elderly residents in accommodation supported by a local authority were found to be associated with a decline in elderly suicide rates. This effect should be viewed in the context of other health & social factors. (24 refs.)