Pain linked to risk of suicide

The study in four million people from a veterans’ database showed back pain was associated with a 13% increased risk of suicide.

This risk was increased by 34% with migraine and 58% with psychogenic pain after controlling for age, sex, comorbidities and psychiatric diagnoses.

However, only 0.01% (4823)of the patients in the study committed suicide over the three years analysed.

Associate Professor Alex Holmes, head of consultation liaison psychiatry at Royal Melbourne Hospital, said the study suggested pain was

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