Changes in Quality of Life After a Suicide Attempt.

Research paper by Feng-Chen FC Pien, Yue-Cune YC Chang, Hsin-Pei HP Feng, Pin-Wei PW Hung, San-Yuan SY Huang, Wen-Chii WC Tzeng

Indexed on: 19 Dec '15Published on: 19 Dec '15Published in: Western journal of nursing research


The aim of this follow-up study was to examine factors related to a suicide attempt within 3 months of a prior attempt. Participants were recruited from a suicide-prevention center. Of 96 suicidal individuals who had participated in the baseline study, only 51 completed all measures at follow-up assessment. Study results showed that suicidal individuals who reattempted suicide during the first 3 months of follow-up care exhibited lower mean scores on all four domains of the brief version of the World Health Organization Quality-of-Life Instrument at follow-up assessment than at baseline. In contrast, individuals who did not reattempt suicide had higher quality-of-life scores across all domains between baseline and 3 months. The reattempt and no-reattempt groups differed significantly in the physical health and environmental domains. These results can be used by nurses to develop their abilities to recognize and prevent suicide reattempts in high-risk groups.