Callahan ST, Fuchs DC, Shelton RC, Balmer LS, Dudley JA, Gideon PS, Deranieri MM, Stratton SM, Williams CL, Ray WA, Cooper WO. Identifying suicidal behavior among adolescents using administrative claims data. Pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety. 2013 Jul;22(22). 769-75. PMID: 23412882 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC3785233 NIHMSID: NIHMS447300.
To assess the safety of psychotropic medication use in children and adolescents, it is critical to be able to identify suicidal behaviors from medical claims data and distinguish them from other injuries. The purpose of this study was to develop an algorithm using administrative claims data to identify medically treated suicidal behavior in a cohort of children and adolescents.