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Lifetime suicide rates in treated schizophrenia: 1875-1924 and 1994-1998 cohorts compared

Healy, David, Harris, M, Gutting, P, Roberts, AP, Austin, R and Jones-Edwards, G 2006. Lifetime suicide rates in treated schizophrenia: 1875-1924 and 1994-1998 cohorts compared. The British Journal of Psychiatry 188 (3) , pp. 223-228. 10.1192/bjp.188.3.223

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Abstract

Background Recent interest in suicide rates in schizophrenia has been considerable. Aims To establish the lifetime suicide rate from the pre-chlorpromazine era and to compare this with recent lifetime suicide rates for schizophrenia. Method We have compared suicide and suicide attempt rates for 741 admissions for schizophrenia and 1303 admissions for psychoses to the North Wales Asylum between 1875 and 1924, with first admissions for psychosis in North West Wales between 1994 and 1998. Results The suicide rate in schizophrenia between 1875 and 1924 was 20 per 100 000 hospital years, a lifetime rate of less than 0.5%. The suicide rate for all psychoses was 16 per 100 000 hospital years. Current rates of suicide for schizophrenia and other psychoses appear 20-fold higher. Conclusions These findings point to an increase in suicide rates for patients with schizophrenia. Declaration of interest D.H. has links with all major pharmaceutical companies and has been an expert witness in legal cases involving psychotropic drugs. A.P.R. and R.T. have been consultants for or received educational support from most major pharmaceutical companies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
ISSN: 00071250
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 10:03
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/82945

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