August 30th, 2019

Podcast 231 — The evidence behind VA’s suicide-prevention guidelines

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Dr. Eric Caine’s editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine offers a skeptical, yet respectful, take on the evidence supporting the recent suicide-prevention guidelines from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

What are other countries doing to address suicide? It has increased in the U.S. from about 10.4 per 100,000 residents in the year 2000 to about 14.5 in 2017. Do firearm restrictions help? Better household safety? And how does the U.S. rate compare internationally?

Links:

Annals of Internal Medicine editorial

VA guidelines as published in the Annals

OECD stats on international suicide rates

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