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.
- psychotrophic medication
Benson, T., Corry, C., O'Neill, S., Murphy, S., & Bunting, B. (2017). Use of Prescription Medication by Individuals Who Died by Suicide in Northern Ireland. Archives of Suicide Research, n/a. https://doi.org/10.1080/13811118.2017.1289870