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A study of people with persistent pain found that they were 2.5 times more likely to think about suicide than those without pain, 3.5 times more likely to plan suicide, and 6.2 times more likely to have attempted suicide in the previous 12 months.

Illgen M, Zivin K, McCammon R, Valenstein M. Pain and Suicidal Thoughts, Plans, and Attempts in the United States. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2008; 30(6): 521-7. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0163834308001643

Reference

Title
Pain and Suicidal Thoughts, Plans, and Attempts in the United States
Publication
Gen Hosp Psychiatry
Publication Date
2008
Authors
Illgen M, Zivin K, McCammon R, Valenstein M
Volume & Issue
Volume 30, Issue 6
Pages
521-7
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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