[Mental disorder and suicide prevention in patients with physical illness].

Masatoshi Inagaki, Tsuyuka Ohtsuki

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Abstract

Suicide rate in Japan is 25/100,000 in a year. The rate is higher than those in other developed countries. Physical illness is a risk factor for suicide. To prevent suicide in patients with physical illness, identification of mental illness, such as depression, is important. In addition, palliative care for distressing physical and psychological symptoms is also important. In process of identification of mental illness and distressing physical symptoms, communications between medical staff and patients are essential. Enhancing communication skills of medical staff may be a key point to prevent suicide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-156
Number of pages6
JournalNihon rinsho. Japanese journal of clinical medicine
Volume70
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

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