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Suicide Prevention

The Relationship between Chronic Pain and Suicide Related Outcomes

by Lisham Ashrafioun, PhD ; Robert Bossarte, PhD ; Sara Warfield, PhD
Seminar date: 2/13/2017

Description: Suicide prevention and pain management are two areas of public health significance, particularly among Veterans. Chronic pain is associated with suicide risk after accounting for psychiatric disorders and many chronic pain patients are treatment with opioids, which also confer greater risk of suicide attempts and suicides. This presentation will focus on the prevalence of suicide-related outcomes among individuals experiencing chronic pain and risk factors of suicide-related outcomes within chronic pain patients. The presentation will include recent data from a cohort of Veterans receiving pain management services within the VHA and risk factors of suicide within this cohort. Intended audience: Clinicians, researchers, and general population interested in chronic pain management and suicide prevention.

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