Follow-back studies are used to characterize those who complete suicide by identifying risk and protective factors associated with the death. Existing suicide research is strongest in the identification of risk factors, particularly mental and substance abuse disorders, less developed in non-mental health-related factors, in categorizing protective factors, and only beginning to analyze the unique contributions of individual risk and protective factors as they contribute to populations
The final report can be accessed from Alaska Suicide Follow-back Study.
Suicide Study Alaska Medicine is a case-control study of hospital visits 12 months preceding suicide in N. Alaska,This study looked at suicide cases in northern Alaska and matched them with controls to see how medical services were used by each group during the 12 months preceding the suicide death. The cases were 22 times more likely to be seen for an alcohol related events and over 3 times more likely to be seen for an injury.
Firearm-Related Deaths in the Alaska Native Population, Ron Perkins, Mary O'Connor - Firearm Deaths
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