The authors note that although the psychiatric hospitals is often used
as a means of preventing the suicide of disturbed patients, some
hospitalized patients succeed in committing suicide; such as an event is
distressing for hospital staffs as well as for patients and families.
However, the authors believe that the occasional occurrence of in-hospital
suicide is inevitable. They present data on the frequency and
characteristics of suicides among hospitalized psychiatric patients in Los
Angeles County during the period from 1967 to 1972.?23AUTHOR