National Suicide Rates 1961–2003: Further Analysis of Nordic Data for Suicide, Autopsies and Ill-Defined Death RatesReseland S. · Le Noury J. · Aldred G. · Healy D.
North Wales Department of Psychological Medicine, Cardiff University, Hergest Unit, Bangor, Wales, UK
Background: Concerns about the risk-benefit ratio of treatment with antidepressants in the light of recent evidence pointing to a risk of suicide induction during the course of treatment with antidepressants. These concerns have led to a series of recent studies exploring national rates of suicide and correlating these with data on antidepressant consumption. Methods: We have compared suicide rates in the Nordic countries with autopsy and ill-defined death rates, and antidepressant sales, during the period 1961 through to 2003. Results: There is a close correlation between suicide rates and both autopsy and ill-defined death rates. Conclusions: The role of autopsies and other factors in the registration of a death as a suicide appear to need further clarification.
North Wales Department of Psychological Medicine
Cardiff University, Hergest Unit
Bangor, Wales LL57 2PW (UK)
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Published online: January 25, 2008
Number of Print Pages : 5
Number of Figures : 2, Number of Tables : 0, Number of References : 23
Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
Vol. 77, No. 2, Year 2008 (Cover Date: January 2008)
Journal Editor: Fava, G.A. (Bologna)
ISSN: 0033–3190 (Print), eISSN: 1423–0348 (Online)
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