Severe pain predicts greater likelihood of subsequent suicide. – PubMed – NCBI – Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2010 Dec
Using data from the 1999 Large Health Survey of Veterans, Veterans Affairs’ medical records, and the National Death Index (N = 260,254), the association between self-reported pain severity and suicide among veterans as examined, after accounting for demographic variables and psychiatric diagnoses.
A Cox proportional hazards regression demonstrated that veterans with severe pain were more likely to die by suicide than patients experiencing none, mild, or moderate pain (HR: 1.33; 95% CI: 1.15, 1.54), after controlling for demographic and psychiatric characteristics.
These results indicate that pain evaluations should be included in comprehensive suicide assessments and suicide prevention efforts.