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A population-based, genetically informed study of the effects of chronic pain on suicidal behavior

2020 Standard Research Grant
Amount Awarded: $98,794
Focus Area: Psychosocial Studies

Patrick Quinn, Ph.D.
Indiana University

Inside the Research

Chronic pain is common and increases an individual’s risk for suicide. However, it is not yet known whether suicide risk is similar among all chronic pain conditions or whether the different factors influence suicidal ideation and chronic pain. By comparing suicidal behavior between twins who differ in their pain but share genes, families, and many other social characteristics, the study aims to identify potential contributors to increased suicide risk among individuals with chronic pain.