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Revista de Salud Pública

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OLIVEIRA, Maria I.; BEZERRA FILHO, José Gomes  and  GONCALVES-FEITOSA, Regina F.. Suicide attempts treated at public health units of Fortaleza-Ceará, Brazil. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2014, vol.16, n.5, pp.683-696. ISSN 0124-0064.

Objective This study aimed to describe the main characteristics of victims of suicide attempts treated at public health units of Fortaleza-Ceara, Brazil. Methods With a quantitative approach, we used a questionnaire with structured questions and the Beck Scale for depression. We worked with a convenience sample of 360 victims in Psychosocial Care Centers (General/Alcohol-Drug/Infant to Teen), Doutor José Frota Hospital, and the Apoio à Vida Project . Results In the statistical analysis, the dependent variable of more than one suicide attempt was used, associated to the independent variables. Multivariate analysis, with more than one attempt and significance (p<0.05), maintained association: male OR=2,1 (IC95 %: 1,2-3,6), p=0,005; feeling rejected, RC=2,4, (IC95 %:1,4-3,9), p=0,001; admission to psychiatric hospital, RC=3,4 (IC95 %:2,0-5,7), p=0,000; believing to have disappointed someone, RC=2,4 (IC95 %:1,3-4,4), p=0,005; depression, RC=1,0 (IC95 %: 1,0-1,0), p=0,001. Conclusion The data shows the need for greater attention to this population, in the sense of promoting differentiated service support, either psychological or psychiatric, to improve people's lives.

Keywords : Suicide; attempted; public health; Brazil.

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