Suicide Risk Markedly Elevated After Psychiatric Hospital Discharge, Review Suggests

HealthDay (5/31, Preidt) reports a new systematic review and meta-analysis “confirms that psychiatric patients are at high risk for suicide immediately after being discharged from a mental health care facility, and that risk can remain high for years,” researchers found after examining “data from 100 studies conducted over more than 50 years” involving some “18,000 suicides involving patients discharged from psychiatric facilities.” The findings were published online May 31 in JAMA Psychiatry.

According to MedPage Today (5/31, Bachert), the author of “an accompanying editorial…wrote that the findings confirmed that suicide risk is markedly elevated after psychiatric hospital discharge, ‘despite advances in mental health treatments.’”

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— “Suicide Risk Is High for Psychiatric Patients Long After Discharge From Care,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, May 31, 2017.

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