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Table 1 Characteristics of U.S. veteran patients treated after a suicide attempt, 1993-1998

From: Military veteran mortality following a survived suicide attempt

  All patients Male Female
No. 10,163 9,273 890
% 100 91.2 8.8
Age, years    
   Mean (SD) 44.0 (10.8) 44.6 (10.7) 38.1 (9.6)
   Median 43 44 38
Age distribution, %    
   <29 6.7 5.8 16.4
   30-39 26.8 25.3 42.8
   40-49 44.6 45.8 32.7
   50-59 13.0 13.8 4.6
   60-69 5.3 5.6 2.0
   70-79 3.1 3.3 1.4
   80 0.5 0.6 0.1
Race/ethnicity, %    
   White 70.4 70.2 72.6
   African American 20.3 20.4 19.6
   Hispanic white 6.0 6.2 3.5
   Hispanic African American 0.5 0.5 0.2
   American Indian 0.7 0.8 0.6
   Asian American 0.3 0.3 0.3
   Unknown 1.7 1.6 3.3
Marital status, %    
   Divorced 35.3 35.8 30.2
   Married 28.3 28.4 27.0
   Never married/single 20.9 20.5 24.8
   Single 12.3 12.2 13.3
   Widowed 2.6 2.6 3.6
   Unknown 0.6 0.6 1.1
Period of service, %    
   WWI 0.0 0.0 0.0
   WWII 4.0 4.2 1.7
   Pre-Korea 0.2 0.2 0.0
   Korea 3.9 4.2 1.2
   Post-Korea 4.2 4.5 1.4
   Vietnam 51.2 54.0 22.1
   Post-Vietnam 27.6 25.8 46.1
   Other 1.8 1.2 8.3
   Storm (ACT) 0.6 0.4 1.8
   Storm (RET) 6.5 5.5 17.4
Comorbidities, %    
   Alcohol disorder or abuse 31.8 32.9 20.7
   Drug dependence or abuse 21.8 22.6 13.5
   Psychoses 21.2 21.0 22.7
   Depression 18.5 18.3 20.3
   Hypertension 14.2 14.9 7.2
   Chronic pulmonary disease 7.2 7.3 5.6
   Neurological disorders 6.4 6.5 5.5
   Diabetes 5.8 6.0 3.3
  1. SD denotes standard deviation.