Table 2

Characteristics of suicide attempts reported by the Belgian Network of Sentinel General Practices (SGP) in Flanders, 2013–2016 (n=245) 

Baseline dataN (%) N missing values (%)
Patient sex (valid n=245)
 Women157 (64.1)0 (0.0)
Patient age in years (valid n=245)0 (0.0)
 <3071 (29.0)
 30–4982 (33.5)
 50–6456 (22.9)
 ≥6536 (14.7)
GP informant of suicide attempt (valid n=241)4 (1.6)
GP was on site as first caregiver following the suicide attempt 46 (19.1)
 Hospital (emergency service) where patient received care102 (42.3)
 Patient28 (11.6)
 Patient proxies65 (27.0)
GP–patient contact in month preceding attempt (valid n=245)134 (54.7)0 (0.0)
Suicide risk was noticed by GP in month preceding attempt (valid n=120)25 (20.8)14 (10.5)
Patient received hospital care following suicide attempt (valid n=238)212 (89.1)7 (2.9)
Patient did previous suicide attempt(s) (valid n=223)55 (24.7)22 (9.0)
Patient mental status in past 12 months (valid n=235)10 (4.1)
 No mental disorder63 (26.8)
 Mental disorder other than depression36 (15.3)
 Depression136 (57.9)
Patient with mental disorder received specialised mental healthcare (valid n=172)102 (59.3)0 (0.0)
Method of suicide attempt (valid n=241)4 (1.6)
 Self-intoxication alone174 (72.2)
 Self-injury alone57 (23.7)
 Self-injury and self- intoxication10 (4.2)
Follow-up data
GP–patient contact after attempt (valid n=242)219 (90.5)3 (1.2)
GP contact with patient proxies (valid n=234)147 (62.8)11 (4.5)
Patient follow-up appointments scheduled (valid n=226)98 (43.4)19 (7.8)
Patient was receiving specialised mental healthcare (valid n=190)123 (64.7)55 (22.5)
GP received hospital care information (valid n=199)135 (67.8)13 (6.1)
Patient repeated suicidal behaviour (valid n=191)19 (10.0)54 (22.0)
SGP location characteristics
Urbanisation of the SGP location (valid n=245)0 (0.0)
 Suburban88 (35.9)
 Urban157 (64.1)
Province (valid n=245)0 (0.0)
 West Flanders51 (20.8)
 East Flanders45 (18.4)
 Antwerp93 (38.0)
 Flemish Brabant18 (7.4)
 Limburg38 (15.5)
  • The 10 care measures are in bold.

  • GP, general practitioner.