Do psychosocial and pharmacological interventions reduce suicide in schizophrenia and schizophrenia spectrum disorders?

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Title Do psychosocial and pharmacological interventions reduce suicide in schizophrenia and schizophrenia spectrum disorders?
Author De Leo, Diego; Spathonis, Kym
Journal Name Archives of Suicide Research
Editor Dr Antoon Leenaars
Year Published 2003
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Brunner - Routledge (UK)
Abstract Suicide is the leading cause of premature death among individuals with schizophrenia. Approximately 10-15% of patients with schizophrenia die by suicide, and 18-55% make a suicide attempt throughout their life. Despite the progress of pharmacological efforts in reducing the symptoms of schizophrenia, treatments have had limited success in reducing the overall rate of suicide among this sub-population. Few controlled studies have determined the efficacy of psychosocial interventions in the prevention of suicide. The complexity of this relationship is heightened further by incomplete research efforts investigating the particular nature of suicidal behavior among patients with comorbid conditions (such as major depression and substance abuse disorder), and across the diverse spectrum of disorders that categorize chizophrenia. This article reviews these findings in combination with a brief epidemiological consideration of suicide n schizophrenia and risk factors for suicide among this sub-population. Shortcomings of previous research, and possible avenues for future investigations relating to this matter are also discussed.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/713848945
Volume 7
Page from 353
Page to 374
ISSN 1381-1118
Date Accessioned 2004-04-02
Date Available 2010-09-24T06:48:57Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiologica
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/6169
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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