Journal Article Annotations
2021, 1st Quarter
Annotations by Liliya Gershengoren, MD
There is a 73% higher risk of suicide in stroke survivors compared with individuals without a history of stoke. As follow-up time increases, the risk of suicide decreases. The risk of suicide attempts was found to be higher than the risk of death by suicide.
Strength and weaknesses:
One strength of the study is its particular focus on risk of suicide rather than suicidal ideation in stroke survivors. Overall, the authors reviewed data pertaining to over 2 million stroke survivors. The article reviewed only English language studies. There is a chance of biased self-reported measures of suicide attempts as a result of stigma associated with mental illness. The risk factors for poststroke suicide were not identified.
CL Psychiatrists are often asked to evaluate stroke survivors due to concerns for mood symptoms. This article highlights the importance of considering stroke as a risk factor for suicide.
Type of study:
Systematic review or meta-analysis