Table 3

Determinants of sentinel general practices (SGP) reporting of four characteristics of suicide attempts in the Belgian Network of SGP, Flanders, 2013–2016

Baseline characteristicsn/N (%)P valueAdjusted OR (95% CI)
SGP reported whether suicide risk was noticed (Model 1)
All120/134 (89.6)
Patient age in years
 <6599/107 (92.5)0.0253.54 (1.11 to 11.26)
 ≥6521/27 (77.8)Reference
SGP reported whether patient did previous attempts (Model 2)
All216/235 (91.9)
Patient age in years
 <65187/209 (89.5)0.041Dropped*
 ≥6536/36 (100.0)
Patient had mental disorder other than depression
 No189/199 (95.0)0.0005.08 (2.11 to 12.21)
 Yes27/36 (75.0)Reference
Follow-up characteristics
SGP reported whether patient was receiving specialised mental healthcare (Model 3)
All190/245 (77.6)
Patient age in years
 <65157/209 (75.1)0.028Removed
 ≥6533/36 (91.7)
GP contact with patient proxies or follow-up appointments scheduled
 No24/51 (47.1)0.000Reference
 Yes152/189 (80.4)5.87 (2.76 to 12.51)
Hospital care information received by GP
 No43/64 (67.2)0.012Reference
 Yes112/135 (83.0)2.38 (1.12 to 5.02)
SGP reported whether patient repeated suicidal behaviour (Model 4)
All190/245 (77.6)
Patient sex
 Men61/88 (69.3)0.021Reference
2.11 (1.10 to 4.03)
 Women129/157 (82.2)
GP–patient contact in month preceding attempt
 No79/111 (71.2)0.029Removed
 Yes111/134 (82.8)
GP contact with patient, patient proxies or follow-up appointments scheduled
 No3/13 (23.1)0.000Reference
14.1 (3.67 to 54.42)
 Yes187/231 (81.0)
  • The first two models examining determinants of baseline characteristics initially included independent baseline variables associated univariately at the (borderline) 0.05 level with the dependent variable. The two last models examining determinants of follow-up characteristics initially included all independent variables associated univariately at the (borderline) 0.05 level with the dependent variable.

  • *Patient age was dropped because age≥ 65 predicted the outcome perfectly.

  • †Variable was removed because it did not significantly affect the fit of the model.

  • CI, confidence interval; GP, general practitioner; OR, odds ratio; P, p value of univariate association.