Prevención versus atención clínica del intento de suicidio en adolescentes: ¿cuáles son los costos?

Translated title of the contribution: Prevention versus Clinical Management of Suicide Attempts in Adolescents: What are the Costs?

Mónica María Ortegón Monroy, Ángela Martínez Céspedes, Isabel Pérez Olmos

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Introduction: Suicide is a worldwide public health problem, and being the youth are among one of the most affected population groups. In Colombia there is no evidence available about the cost of suicide care or prevention. Or attention to those who make suicide attempts assistance or prevention of suicide. This type of analysis is necessary to guide decisions about resource distribution in mental health and to reduce suicideal rates amongst youths in our country. Thus, the purpose of this study is to estimate and compare the mean cost of in-patient care cost treatment cost of youth suicidal youth suicide attempts, with the mean cost of participation in a school-based suicide preventive prevention program in for adolescents. Materials and methods: Medical charts of adolescents hospitalized for suicideal attempts were reviewed, along with as well as registries from adolescent participants in a suicide preventive program in Bogotá in 2010. Resources used were identified and tariff costs were quantified. Results: The average in-patients cost of a teenage suicideal attempt was $1814000 colombian pesos (COP) (n = 39) Colombian pesos, and of $10307 000 COP (n = 5) Colombian pesoswhen intensive care was required. The average cost of participation in a prevention ve program was $113000 COP (n = 24) Colombian pesos per high-risk teenager and of $47000 COP (n = 101) Colombian pesos for teenagers without suicide such risk. Conclusion: With For the average in-patient cost of one suicidal suicide attempt, 16 high-risk teenagers could be enrolled in a suicide preventive prevention program.

Translated title of the contributionPrevention versus Clinical Management of Suicide Attempts in Adolescents: What are the Costs?
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)188-202
Number of pages15
JournalRevista ciencias de la salud
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)

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  • Concept


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