This brief is about the likelihood of suicidal behavior and ideation among African Americans and Hispanic Americans after surgery. In policy and practice, pain medications should be prescribed after major surgery, health professionals should evaluate for both physical and psychological suffering several months after surgery, and also provide more services to the patient if necessary; the VHA should expand its suicide prevention program and tailor interventions toward cultural subgroups. Suggestions for future research include looking at prescriber and patient characteristics when prescribing pain medication, looking at the differences in post-surgery coping by race, and relying on data from veterans about to have major surgery.
Copeland, L. A., McIntyre, R. T., Stock, E. M., Zeber, J. E., MacCarthy, D. J., & Pugh, M. J. (2014). Prevalence of suicidality among Hispanic and African American veterans following surgery. American Journal of Public Health, 104(Suppl 4), S603–S608. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2014.301938
Medicine and Health Sciences | Mental and Social Health | Mental Disorders | Military and Veterans Studies | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry and Psychology | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Race and Ethnicity | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Suicide, Suicidal ideation, Health and wellness, Veterans, Hispanic Americans, African Americans
Suicide; Veterans--United States; Hispanic American veterans; African American veterans
Government and Community Services
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Prevalence of Suicidality Among Hispanic and African American Veterans Following Surgery"" (2015). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 290.
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