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June 14, 2004

Opportunities of Life: Preventing Suicide in Elderly Patients

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Copyright 2004 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2004

Arch Intern Med. 2004;164(11):1171-1172. doi:10.1001/archinte.164.11.1171

While suicide may seem to many to be a quintessentially individual problem resulting from intensely personal decisions to end one's life, empirical evidence over the past 2 decades has shifted this view toward one of suicide as a broader, population-based phenomenon with discernible common patterns that can be used to help define generalized risk and protective factors. Contrary to strongly held mid–20th-century views, suicide now is regarded as an important—and preventable—public health problem, one that has received increasing national and international focus during recent years.1-4