Severe Pain Predicts Greater Likelihood of Subsequent Suicide

Using data from the 1999 Large Health Survey of Veterans, Veterans Affairs' medical records, and the National Death Index (N=260,254), the association between self-reported pain severity and suicide among veterans as examined, after accounting for demographic variables and psychiatric diagnoses A Cox proportional hazards regression demonstrated that veterans with severe pain were more likely to die by suicide than patients experiencing none, mild, or moderate pain (HR 133, 95% CI 115, 154), after controlling for demographic and psychiatric characteristics These results indicate that pain evaluations should be included in comprehensive suicide assessments and suicide prevention efforts