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January 1973

Suicides in the "New" Community Hospital

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles
From the Department of Psychiatry, University of Southern California (Drs. Yamamoto and Litman), and the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center (Drs. Yamamoto and Roath), Los Angeles.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1973;28(1):101-102. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1973.01750310079012

An evaluation of the treatment in this hospital on the basis of the rate of actual suicide during two time periods: before and after a community psychiatric approach was implemented. With the new approach, even though more patients are in the community, the rate of suicide was somewhat lower (though not significantly).

Experience indicates the need for increased emphasis on continuity of care for those at high risk for suicide, even though they may be quite ambivalent about treatment. A high frequency of suicide was noted during the six months after the psychiatric patient's last visit.