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Development of definitions of suicidal behaviours: From suicidal thoughts to completed suicides 

Development of definitions of suicidal behaviours: From suicidal thoughts to completed suicides
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Development of definitions of suicidal behaviours: From suicidal thoughts to completed suicides
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José M Bertolote

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10.1093/med/9780198570059.003.0013
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date: 18 August 2019

This chapter covers definitions of suicidal behaviours and how they vary over time, reflecting predominant philosophies and schools of thought. The limitations in the quality of information about suicide mortality, as a common feature affecting the whole vital registration system, are discussed. Coordinated efforts should be made to strengthen those systems, paying attention to the specificity of sociocultural factors’ influence on defining, recording and reporting suicide as a cause of death.

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