Suicide in older adults in long-term care: 1990 to 2005

Briana Mezuk, Marta R. Prescott, Kenneth Tardiff, David Vlahov, Sandro Galea

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OBJECTIVES: To describe the characteristics associated with suicide in older persons residing in long-term care (LTC) facilities, to compare the characteristics of suicide cases in LTC with those of cases in the community, and to evaluate trends in suicide in these settings over the past 15 years. SETTING: The New York City (NYC) Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME). PARTICIPANTS: Suicide deaths in NYC from 1990 to 2005. MEASUREMENTS: Location and method of suicide death reported by OCME. METHODS: Suicides in older persons in LTC and community-dwelling older adults were compared in terms of demographic characteristics and method used. Trends in suicide rate ratios (RRs) were examined using zero-inflated Poisson regression. RESULTS: Over the study period, there were 1,771 suicides among NYC residents aged 60 and older: 47 in LTC and 1,724 in the community. Cases in LTC tended to be older (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2107-2111
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume56
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Long-term care
  • Older adults
  • Suicide

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  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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Suicide in older adults in long-term care : 1990 to 2005. / Mezuk, Briana; Prescott, Marta R.; Tardiff, Kenneth; Vlahov, David; Galea, Sandro.

In: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Vol. 56, No. 11, 11.2008, p. 2107-2111.

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Mezuk, B, Prescott, MR, Tardiff, K, Vlahov, D & Galea, S 2008, 'Suicide in older adults in long-term care: 1990 to 2005', Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, vol. 56, no. 11, pp. 2107-2111. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2008.01990.x
Mezuk, Briana ; Prescott, Marta R. ; Tardiff, Kenneth ; Vlahov, David ; Galea, Sandro. / Suicide in older adults in long-term care : 1990 to 2005. In: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2008 ; Vol. 56, No. 11. pp. 2107-2111.
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