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Description/Abstract

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.

Original Citation

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

Document Type

Brief

Disciplines

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

Extent

2 pages

DCMI Type

Text

Keywords

Suicide, Suicidal ideation, Health and wellness, Veterans, Hispanic Americans, African Americans

Subject

Suicide; Veterans--United States; Hispanic American veterans; African American veterans

Portfolio

Government and Community Services

Geographic Area

United States

Publisher

Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University

Date

Fall 9-14-2015

Language

English

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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