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

Tony Benson, Colette Corry, Siobhan O'Neill, Sam Murphy, Brendan Bunting

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalArchives of Suicide Research
Volumen/a
Early online date6 Feb 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Feb 2017

Keywords

  • suicide
  • medication
  • psychotrophic medication

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