Quickbite: Suicide in the elderly

by Dr Sachin Patel and Dr Anish Patel


Last updated: November 2016 by Dr Tom MacLaren


With an aging population, suicide in older people will become an increasingly important cause of mortality in the coming years.


Whilst there are similarities in the risk factors for suicide in this population when compared to the general population, there are some important differences. This module aims to highlight these differences by reviewing current knowledge of the risk factors for completed suicide and deliberate self-harm in older people.


With this information, the reader should be better able to assess the risk of suicide in the elderly and implement appropriate preventative management.  


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