Religious Service Attendance May Lower Suicide Risk in Women

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Religious Service Attendance May Lower Suicide Risk in Women
Religious Service Attendance May Lower Suicide Risk in Women

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who regularly attend religious services may have a lower risk of suicide than those who don't, according to research published online June 29 in JAMA Psychiatry.

U.S. researchers reviewed data on 89,708 women enrolled in the Nurses' Health Study from 1996 to 2010. During that time, there were 36 suicides. Nineteen percent of women in the study attended religious services more than once a week, 41 percent attended once a week, 16 percent attended services less than once a week, and 24 percent never attended religious services.

The researchers found that women who attended religious services at least once a week had a five times lower risk of suicide than those who never attended services. However, the study could only show an association and not a cause-and-effect relationship. The study authors also noted that most of the women in the study were white, Christians, and nurses, so the findings may not apply to a wider population.

The findings "underscore the importance of obtaining a spiritual history as part of the overall psychiatric evaluation, which may identify patients who at one time were active in a faith community but have stopped for various reasons," Harold Koenig, M.D., director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health at Duke University in Durham, N.C., writes in an accompanying editorial. "Nevertheless, until others have replicated the findings reported here in studies with higher event rates (i.e., greater than 36 suicides), it would be wise to proceed cautiously and sensitively."

Abstract
Full Text
Editorial

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

Phone-Based Intervention Aids Rheumatoid Arthritis Care

Phone-Based Intervention Aids Rheumatoid Arthritis Care

Educational phone calls with nurses promote shared decision making in care

Early PT Linked to Less Opioid Use in Musculoskeletal Pain

Early PT Linked to Less Opioid Use in ...

For opioid-naive patients, early physical therapy tied to less opioid use in shoulder, neck, knee, back pain

Emotional Stress of Holidays Can Trigger Heart Attacks

Emotional Stress of Holidays Can Trigger Heart Attacks

Higher risk seen on Christmas Eve, particularly in older adults with diabetes, heart disease

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »