alexa Abstract | Suicide Attempts and the Human Development Index in Brazil, 2000- 2014
ISSN: 1522-4821

International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience
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Objective: This study aims to verify whether there is a relationship between the Human Development Index (HDI) of Brazil and suicide attempts (SAs) from 2000 to 2014. Methods: Data on SAs and the Brazilian population were extracted from DATASUS, which is available from the Department of Informatics of the Ministry of Health ( Standardized rates of hospitalization for SAs were calculated for 100,000 (105) inhabitants in the construction of coefficients. Results: The distribution of hospitalization rates shows distinct patterns, with a reduction in most states but growth in some states located in the Northeast region of Brazil. No correlation was found between the HDI and SAs. States in Brazil's less-developed regions (the Northeast and North) showed lower HDI values and had higher variability in the hospitalization rates due to SAs. The risk of hospitalization was higher for men. Conclusion: No correlation was found between the HDI and SAs, probably because of the great variability of hospital admissions attributable to SAs in low-HDI states. In those states, the stability of hospital admission rates can be affected by a lack of uniformity in registers, among other factors. Further studies should investigate this great variability in hospital admission rates.

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Author(s): Davi Félix Martins Junior, Bezerra-Filho S, Stella Sarmento, Ângela Miranda-Scippa


Suicide attempts, Brazil, Methods of suicide, Hospitalization, Trend, Geographical distribution, Suicide

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