Title

The Health Status of Elderly Persons in the Last Year of Life: A Comparison of Deaths by Suicide, Injury, and Natural Causes

Department

Nursing

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1997

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This study identified health status variables related to suicide by elderly persons and compared the health status of suicide decedents with natural death and injury decedents.

METHODS: Data were obtained from the 1986 National Mortality Followback Survey.

RESULTS: When other variables were controlled for, suicide decedents were significantly more likely than injury decedents to have a history of cancer (odds ratio [OR] = 51.94), moderate (OR = 29.37) or heavy (OR = 22.87) alcohol use, and mental or emotional disorder (OR = 10.91) and to be White (OR = 18.54) and male (OR = 9.12).

CONCLUSIONS: The findings indicate that a history of cancer should be considered as a risk for suicide in the elderly.

Journal

American Journal of Public Health

Journal ISSN

0090-0036

Volume

87

Issue

3

First Page

434

Last Page

437