ERIC Number: EJ897141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
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Prior Health Care Utilization Patterns and Suicide among U.S. Army Soldiers
Bell, Nicole S.; Harford, Thomas C.; Amoroso, Paul J.; Hollander, Ilyssa E.; Kay, Ashley B.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v40 n4 p407-415 Aug 2010
Suicides among U.S. Army soldiers are increasing and, in January 2009, outpaced deaths due to combat. For this study, 1,873 army suicides identified through death, inpatient, and emergency room records were matched with 5,619 controls. In multivariate models, older, male, White, single, and enlisted soldiers with a prior injury (OR = 2.04, 95% CI = 1.64-2.54), alcohol (OR = 3.41, 95% CI = 2.32-4.99), or mental health hospitalization (OR = 6.62, 95% CI = 4.77-9.20) were at increased risk for suicide. Risk was greatest immediately following diagnoses, but remained elevated even after 5 or more years of follow-up. Most injury hospitalizations were unintentional but, nonetheless, significantly associated with suicide. Interactions indicate soldiers with both mental health and injury history are particularly vulnerable.
Descriptors: Injuries, Mental Health, Suicide, Military Personnel, Comparative Analysis, Death, Age Differences, Gender Differences, Racial Differences, Marital Status, Hospitals, At Risk Persons, Clinical Diagnosis
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