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Jornal Brasileiro de Psiquiatria

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SOUZA, Viviane dos Santos et al. Suicide attempts and suicide mortality in a countryside Bahia city. J. bras. psiquiatr. [online]. 2011, vol.60, n.4, pp.294-300. ISSN 0047-2085.

Objective: Describing the profile of suicide attempts and suicide mortality in the city of Jequié/BA, in the period between 2006 and 2010. Method: A descriptive epidemiological study. Data of suicide attempts were obtained from the Fire Department and DATASUS, while those related to suicide mortality were collected by means of Death Certificates (DOs) of the 13th Regional Health Board of Bahia (13th DIRES) and supplemented by records from the Forensic Medicine Institute (IML). The analysis was made using descriptive statistics. Results: In suicide attempts, the biggest frequency was in people aged from 20 to 39 years (57.69%); among females (53.4%) and using as means the fall from height (69.2%). Regarding suicide, the average mortality rate was 3.19/100,000 inhabitants, most frequently in people over 40 years (54.16%), male (87.5%), by hanging (58.3%) and taking the place of occurrence as the home (83.33%). Conclusion: The city showed up in the statistics of the Northeast region and below the national rates of suicide. There was differentiation between the profile characteristics of suicide attempts and suicide mortality, especially by gender, age and used means.

Palavras-chave : Suicide; suicide attempt; epidemiology; death certificate.

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