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Research to Reduce the Suicide Rate Among Older Adults: Methodology Roadblocks and Promising Paradigms
Katalin Szanto, M.D.; Eric J. Lenze, M.D.; Margda Waern, M.D., Ph.D.; Paul Duberstein, Ph.D.; Martha L. Bruce, Ph.D., M.P.H.; Gary Epstein-Lubow, M.D.; Yeates Conwell, M.D.
Psychiatric Services 2013; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.003582012
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Dr. Szanto is affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, 3811 O'Hara St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (e-mail: szantok@upmc.edu). Dr. Lenze is with the Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Waern is with the Section of Psychiatry, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. Dr. Duberstein and Dr. Conwell are with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York, where Dr. Duberstein is also with the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Bruce is with the Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, White Plains, New York. Dr. Epstein-Lubow is with the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

Copyright © 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association

Abstract

The National Institute of Mental Health and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention have requested input into the development of a national suicide research agenda. In response, a working group of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry has prepared recommendations to ensure that the suicide prevention dialogue includes older adults, a large and fast-growing population at high risk of suicide. In this Open Forum, the working group describes three methodology roadblocks to research into suicide prevention among elderly persons and three paradigms that might provide directions for future research into suicide prevention strategies for older adults.

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