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Can someone help me with this question.......
Which of the following patients is at the highest risk of suicide?
44 year old father of 2 children in a heterosexual partnership
35 year old widower, unemployed, social class V
60 year old man, married, social class V
30 year old woman, part-time employed, social class I
16 year old single, unmarried, social class I
 
 
 
 

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Thanks Tawa.

I thought b as widower, social class V, unemployed.

why c?

 

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  age and the social class 

thanks .

 

 

B may  be right but 35years is not a risk factor

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Ok

thanks Tawa 

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35 year old widower, unemployed, social class V

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correct me if i'm wrong but for these risk assessments, we look at social class first then employment status and marital status before age which comes last right? 

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Jasonhptan is correct.  60 year old man, married, social class V

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That was my understanding jasonhptan, but looking at others answers here age is a significant factor.

thanks blue_ocean

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I CONSIDER THE ANSWER IS B. Considering the information added plus the other three factors.

"Suicide is one of the top three causes of death in people aged 10-44 years throughout the world. In the UK, suicide rates fell from a peak in the 1980s in men and women, but they have started to rise again in the past few years (11.8 per 100 000 in 2011), with the highest rates in men aged 30-59 years. "  Assessing risk of suicide or self harm in adults  BMJ 2013;347:f4572

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Hello

It seems as if this question is asking us to combine risk factors, surely? On the lines of SADPERSONS or similar structured instruments. Doing just a count, it seems as if B would be correct, as there's gender, social class and employment status, in addition to the contentious issue of age (SADPERSONS doesn't have a fixed recommendation for this, asks you to look at national suicide statistics to fix the age of maximum risk). With the graph ^, that would then give four points to B, vs. 2,3,1,2 to the other options. 

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Thanks Carole. Very well explained!!!

Thanks Doriangray.

 

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