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Comment & Response
February 2016

Suicide Attempts in the US Army—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 2Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Department of Psychiatry, University of California–San Diego, La Jolla
  • 4Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, University of California–San Diego, La Jolla
  • 5Psychiatry Service, Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, California
JAMA Psychiatry. 2016;73(2):176-177. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.2559

In Reply We agree with Ivany and Hoge about the importance of recognizing the limitations of administrative data in comparing officially recognized suicide attempts during deployment compared with other times during Army service. Our only point of disagreement is in the statement by Ivany and Hoge that “(t)he authors...did not acknowledge...” this methodological problem. We did. And in fact, we pointed this out in the Discussion section of our article.1

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