Self-destructive behavior in hospitalized medical and surgical patients

C. H. Kellner, C. L. Best, J. M. Roberts, O. Bjorksten

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Abstract

Review of the literature and our own experience agree that completed suicide in hospitalized, nonpsychiatric patients is rare. Fatal suicide attempts usually occur in patients with severe, painful, chronic illnesses, psychosis, or dementia. The method most commonly used is jumping out the window. Less overt forms of suicide or self-destructive behavior include refusal of necessary medical treatment and uncooperativeness. The clinician must remain alert to the potential contribution of treatable psychiatric illnesses to suicidal and self-destructive behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-289
Number of pages11
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

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