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Use of Prescription Medication by Individuals Who Died by Suicide in Northern Ireland

Benson, Tony, Corry, Colette, O'Neill, Siobhan, Murphy, Sam and Bunting, Brendan (2017) Use of Prescription Medication by Individuals Who Died by Suicide in Northern Ireland. Archives of Suicide Research, n/a . [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13811118.2017.1289870

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13811118.2017.1289870


Objectives: To understand medication use prior to suicide in relation to patterns, polypharmacy and adherence. Methods: 1,371 suicide cases were coded and latent class analysis used to identify combinations of medications prescribed prior to death. Results: Two thirds had been prescribed medication with 30.7% prescribed three or more. Latent class analysis revealed three classes: Mixed medication use, primarily mental medication use, and baseline/low medication use. There are potentially high rates of medication non-adherence. Conclusions: Both medication use but also non-adherence rates were high in this sample of individuals who died by suicide. Potential implications and areas for future research are discussed.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:suicide, medication, psychotrophic medication
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute > Psychotraumatology, Mental Health & Suicidal Behaviour
Psychology Research Institute > Population Health Sciences and Mental Health Services
Psychology Research Institute
ID Code:37075
Deposited By: Professor Siobhan O'Neill
Deposited On:28 Feb 2017 14:34
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:28

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