Analysis of characteristics, methods of suicide, and clinical outcomes in elderly suicide attempters in south korea by age subgroup

Jae Hee Lee, Duk Hee Lee

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

Introduction: As the elderly comprise 14.3% of the South Korean population, suicide among the elderly has become a significant public concern. Methods: This study retrospectively analyzed data from the Emergency Department-Based Injury In-depth Surveillance nationwide of South Korea. Patients aged ≥ 65years old who intentionally caused self-injury were included. These elderly patients were subdivided into age groups, and their associated characteristics and correlation between suicide attempt methods and the clinical outcomes were analyzed. Results: A total of 5,333 cases were analyzed. The mean age of the subjects was 75.1 years old, comprising 3,039 males (57.0%) and 2,294 females (43.0%). Substance exposure was the most frequent method across all age groups. In terms of risk factors of admission, drowning, hanging, and asphyxia showed the following results: OR 2.372 for the first group; OR 2.224 for the second group; and OR 5.606 for the third group. Fall/slip was identified as a risk factor of admission in the first and second groups (OR 5.016 for the first group; OR 5.101 for the second group). In terms of risk factors of mortality, drowning, hanging, and asphyxia showed the following results: OR 9.066 for the first group; OR 7.320 for the second group; and OR 7.135 for the third group. With regard to fall/slip, the results were OR 14.596 for the first group; OR 10.096 for the second group; and OR 24.167 for the third group. Conclusions: This study showed that clinical outcomes were different according to the suicide-related characteristics and chosen suicide method. Based on these results, it is necessary to prepare measures to prevent suicide of the elderly in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-60
Number of pages9
JournalSigna Vitae
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (No.2018R1C1B5046096), and a fund by Research of Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Emergency Department-Based Injury In-depth Surveillance). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. Ethics approval and consent to participate.The KCDC is the authority for accessing the data. Informed consent was waived by the IRB because patient information was anonymized before the analysis.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 The Authors. Published by MRE Press.

Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Emergency department
  • Suicide attempter
  • Suicide methods

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Analysis of characteristics, methods of suicide, and clinical outcomes in elderly suicide attempters in south korea by age subgroup'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this