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Article: Characteristics of overdose and non-overdose suicide attempts in a multi-ethnic Asian society

TitleCharacteristics of overdose and non-overdose suicide attempts in a multi-ethnic Asian society
Authors
Issue Date2013
PublisherElsevier. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/18762018
Citation
Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 2013, v. 6 n. 5, p. 373-379 How to Cite?
AbstractBACKGROUND: Overdosing is an accessible method adopted by people attempting suicide in city settings. AIMS: This study aimed to compare the trends and characteristics of people attempting suicide by drug overdose and by other methods in Singapore. METHODS: This study examined the medical records of 628 patients who were admitted to a university hospital in Singapore, between January 2004 and December 2006. Patients were classified as overdose and non-overdose persons attempting suicide for comparisons of demographic and suicidal characteristics. Logistic regression was used to determine the odds ratios of various factors associated with self-perceived lethality of the suicide attempt. Patterns of monthly and weekly variations in the frequencies of suicide attempts were also analyzed. RESULTS: The percentages of Chinese people was higher in the non-overdose group (71.5% vs. 62.9%), while the percentages of Malay and Indian people were higher in the overdose group (31.6% vs. 18.5%). The female gender (OR=0.36, p=0.04) and admission of suicide intention (OR=7.11, p<0.001) were significantly associated with higher perceived lethality of the suicide method in the non-overdose group. Suicide attempts occurred more frequently between May and November, and on Tuesdays. CONCLUSIONS: Gender and ethnic differences between overdose and non-overdose people attempting suicide were found. Temporal variations of suicidal cases were also noted. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/211366
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.506

 

DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorMak, KK-
dc.contributor.authorHo, CSH-
dc.contributor.authorZhang, MWB-
dc.contributor.authorDay, JR-
dc.contributor.authorHo, RCM-
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-09T01:39:47Z-
dc.date.available2015-07-09T01:39:47Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationAsian Journal of Psychiatry, 2013, v. 6 n. 5, p. 373-379-
dc.identifier.issn1876-2018-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/211366-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Overdosing is an accessible method adopted by people attempting suicide in city settings. AIMS: This study aimed to compare the trends and characteristics of people attempting suicide by drug overdose and by other methods in Singapore. METHODS: This study examined the medical records of 628 patients who were admitted to a university hospital in Singapore, between January 2004 and December 2006. Patients were classified as overdose and non-overdose persons attempting suicide for comparisons of demographic and suicidal characteristics. Logistic regression was used to determine the odds ratios of various factors associated with self-perceived lethality of the suicide attempt. Patterns of monthly and weekly variations in the frequencies of suicide attempts were also analyzed. RESULTS: The percentages of Chinese people was higher in the non-overdose group (71.5% vs. 62.9%), while the percentages of Malay and Indian people were higher in the overdose group (31.6% vs. 18.5%). The female gender (OR=0.36, p=0.04) and admission of suicide intention (OR=7.11, p<0.001) were significantly associated with higher perceived lethality of the suicide method in the non-overdose group. Suicide attempts occurred more frequently between May and November, and on Tuesdays. CONCLUSIONS: Gender and ethnic differences between overdose and non-overdose people attempting suicide were found. Temporal variations of suicidal cases were also noted. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherElsevier. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/18762018-
dc.relation.ispartofAsian Journal of Psychiatry-
dc.titleCharacteristics of overdose and non-overdose suicide attempts in a multi-ethnic Asian society-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailMak, KK: kkmak@graduate.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailDay, JR: jrday@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ajp.2013.03.011-
dc.identifier.pmid24011683-
dc.identifier.hkuros223396-
dc.identifier.volume6-
dc.identifier.issue5-
dc.identifier.spage373-
dc.identifier.epage379-
dc.publisher.placeThe Netherlands-

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