Contacts with health professionals before suicide: missed opportunities for prevention?
De Leo, D.~~Draper, B.~~et al.
This study aims to examine contacts with different health professionals in the three months prior to death in suicide cases compared to sudden death controls; and, to analyse contacts with health professionals among people who died by suicide having a diagnosable mental health disorder at the time of suicide compared to those who did not have such a diagnosis within four major groups of conditions. Approximately 90% of people who die by suicide and by sudden death seek for help from health care system, mainly from GPs in three months prior to their death. With reference to health care contacts, people who had or did not have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder are not distinguishable at the GP surgery level.