Accession Number:

ADA456659

Title:

Descriptive Analysis of Air Force Non-Fatal Suicide Events

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept. 1 Jan 2003-30 Jun 2005

Corporate Author:

OAK RIDGE INST FOR SCIENCE AND EDUCATION TN

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

As a component of the Air Force Suicide Prevention Program, the Suicide Event Surveillance System SESS was developed in response to a peak in 1994 in the number of Active Duty Air Force ADAF suicides 16.4 per 100,000. The Suicide Event Surveillance System serves as the primary suicide event surveillance mechanism and is used to track all fatal and non-fatal suicide events NFSE that occur among Active Duty Air Force and related populations. Although all fatal suicides are reported, the purpose of this study is to assess the completeness and accuracy of non-fatal suicide event data in the Suicide Event Surveillance System. A listing of all non-fatal suicide events that occurred between 1 January 2003 and 30 June 2005 was exported from the Suicide Event Surveillance System and compared to outpatient and inpatient medical visit data. There was substantial variability and under reporting of non-fatal suicide events in all surveillance databases. Although the Suicide Event Surveillance System is the primary surveillance tool for suicide events, less than 60 of all recorded non-fatal suicide events were actually documented in this database. These results indicate that extreme caution should be exercised in utilizing and interpreting the non-fatal suicide event data in the Suicide Event Surveillance System, and highlight the need for improvement in non-fatal suicide event reporting.

Subject Categories:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE