Year: 2007 Source: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, v.257, no.8, (December 2007), p.480-485 SIEC No: 20100883

This study investigated the course of contact rates of suicide victims with physicians during the year before death. Official suicide data & insurance company data were linked for 317 individuals who died by suicide between 1998-2002. Quarterly contact rates with physicians during the respective last year of life were compared. Contacts with any physicians & general practitioners generally increased over the year, most pronounced in men & in those older than 60 years. In contrast to males, female contacts to psychiatrists increased until one quarter before their suicide & then dropped significantly shortly before suicide. A pattern of contacting more than 1 general practitioner per quarter occurred significantly more often in the suicide quarter than during the year before. (32 refs.) JA