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The prevalence and correlates of chronic pain and suicidality in a nationally representative sample


Campbell, G and Darke, S and Bruno, R and Degenhardt, L, The prevalence and correlates of chronic pain and suicidality in a nationally representative sample, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 49, (9) pp. 803-811. ISSN 1440-1614 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0004867415569795


Background: Research suggests that people suffering from chronic pain have elevated rates of suicidality. With an ageing population, more research is essential to gain a better understanding of this association.

Aims: To document the prevalence and correlates of chronic pain and suicide, and estimate the contribution of chronic pain to suicidality.

Method: Data from the 2007 Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, a nationally representative household survey on 8841 people, aged 16-85 years, was analysed.

Results: The odds of lifetime and past 12-month suicidality were two to three times greater in people with chronic pain. Sixty-five percent of people who attempted suicide in the past 12 months had a history of chronic pain. Chronic pain was independently associated with lifetime suicidality after controlling for demographic, mental health and substance use disorders.

CConclusions: Health care professionals need to be aware of the risk of suicidality in patients with chronic pain, even in the absence of mental health problems.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:chronic non-cancer pain, prevalence, suicide
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bruno, R (Associate Professor Raimondo Bruno)
ID Code:98640
Year Published:2015
Funding Support:National Health and Medical Research Council (APP1022522)
Web of Science® Times Cited:54
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2015-02-23
Last Modified:2017-11-07

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