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ERIC Number: EJ897144
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0363-0234
Rural-Urban Differences in Suicide Rates for Current Patients of a Public Mental Health Service in Australia
Sankaranarayanan, Anoop; Carter, Gregory; Lewin, Terry
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v40 n4 p376-382 Aug 2010
Rural versus urban rates of suicide in current patients of a large area mental health service in Australia were compared. Suicide deaths were identified from compulsory root cause analyses of deaths, 2003-2007. Age-standardized rates of suicide were calculated for rural versus urban mental health service and compared using variance of age-standardized rates with 95% confidence intervals. There were 44 suicides and the majority (62%) were rural. Only urban patients used jumping from heights as a method of suicide (4/17; p = 0.02). Rural patients had 2.7 times higher rates of suicide, similar to findings for rural versus urban community suicides and may reflect the underlying community rates, differences in mental health service delivery, or socioeconomic disadvantage.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia