Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Medical Science (MMSc)
Juliette Spelman, MD, BS
Suicide among United States veterans is a serious public health concern. Among the known risk factors for suicidal ideation and suicide among veterans are mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, and opioid use disorder. Opioid prescriptions continue to rise in the United States, so does opioid use disorder and overdose deaths. However, it is not known if opioid prescriptions are associated with an increased risk of suicidal ideation in veterans A retrospective cohort study is proposed to determine whether opioid prescribing at Veterans Affairs hospitals and health centers correlates with rates of suicidal ideation. Veterans prescribed opioids will be stratified by morphine equivalent daily dose and then assessed for Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scales performed as secondary patient screenings. This study will provide essential insights to help identify veterans who are at increased risk for suicidal ideation.
Drews, Nicholas, "The Association Between Opioid Prescriptions and Suicidal Ideation in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans" (2020). Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program Theses. 9.
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