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Sleep disorder treatment tied to lower suicide attempt risk in veterans

Key clinical point: Sleep medicine clinic visits were associated with a reduced risk of suicide attempts in patients with sleep disorders.

Major finding: Sleep medicine visits 6 months prior to the index date were associated with decreased likelihood of a suicide attempt (odds ratio, 0.86).

Study details: A sample of 60,102 veterans who had received care within the Veterans Health Administration between Oct. 1, 2012, and Sept. 20, 2014, half of whom had a documented suicide attempt.

Disclosures: The study was supported by the VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention, Canandaigua VAMC. The authors had no disclosures.


Bishop TM et al. Sleep Med. 2019 Jul 25. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2019.07.016.