April 27, 2015
SAN DIEGO — Results from a population-based study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting indicated that presentation to the hospital for deliberate self-poisoning significantly increased adolescent risk for suicide.
Yaron Finkelstein, MD, of the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, and colleagues used multiple provincial health care databases to identify adolescents who presented to an Ontario hospital after a first self-poisoning episode from 2001 to 2011. The study cohort consisted of 23,167 patients, aged 15 to 18 years, who had self-poisoned and 1,158,350 age-matched controls. Researchers followed patients for a median of 7.7 years after hospitalization.