Alyson Williams

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BACKGROUND Previous studies have reported differing rates of consultation with GPs prior to suicide. Patients with a psychiatric history have higher rates of consultation and consult closer to the time of their death. AIM To investigate the frequency and nature of general practice consultations in the year before suicide for patients in current, or(More)
Primary care may be a key setting for suicide prevention. However, comparatively little is known about the services available in primary care for suicide prevention. The aims of the current study were to describe services available in general practices for the management of suicidal patients and to examine GPs views on these services. We carried out a(More)
BACKGROUND Suicide rates are high in elderly people with depressive disorder. We compared behavioural, clinical and care characteristics of depressed elderly patients, aged 60years and over at the time of death by suicide, with an early-onset depression (EOD, onset before 60years) with those patients with a late age of onset (LOD). METHOD From a 10-year(More)
BACKGROUND Socioculturally meaningful events have been shown to influence the timing of suicide, but the influence of psychiatric disorder on these associations has seldom been studied. AIMS To investigate the association between birthday and increased risk of suicide in the general population and in a national sample of psychiatric patients. METHODS(More)
Little is known about the numbers and characteristics of people who travel away from home before dying by suicide. Therefore, this studied attempts to identify the sociodemographic characteristics, location, and method of suicide in people who died distant from home, in a national sample. Data were collected on all English suicides and a patient population;(More)
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