J Korean Geriatr Psychiatry.  2001 Dec;5(2):134-139.

Early Detection and Prevention of Elderly Suicide

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Hallym Uni-versity, Chunchon, Korea. knpa@hallym.or.kr

Abstract

Older persons are at higher risk for suicide than any other age group and elderly suicide is a critical public health problem. Attempted suicide in elderly is very lethal, therefore it's management must be accompanied by prevention. Though, there are few reports about risk factors in elderly suicide, and significant differences in the data between western and eastern world. So, there should be researches about risk factors influenced by peculiar cultural and regional circumstances, and these make it possible to detect elderly suicide early by education and community efforts.

Keyword

Elderly suicide; Early detection; Prevention
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