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Article: 'Hidden' suicides amongst deaths certified as undetermined intent, accident by pesticide poisoning and accident by suffocation in Taiwan

Title'Hidden' suicides amongst deaths certified as undetermined intent, accident by pesticide poisoning and accident by suffocation in Taiwan
Authors
KeywordsCause of death
Classification
Methods
Suicide
Taiwan
Issue Date2010
PublisherSpringer Medizin. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.springer.com/steinkopff/psychiatrie/journal/127
Citation
Social Psychiatry And Psychiatric Epidemiology, 2010, v. 45 n. 2, p. 143-152 How to Cite?
AbstractObjective To identify cause-of-death categories in which suicides might be misclassified in Taiwan. Methods Weplotted secular trends (1971-2007) in sex- and method-specific rates of deaths classified as suicide, undetermined intent and accident for the Taiwanese population aged 15+ and compared the sex, age and marital status profiles of deaths in these three categories by method of death. Results The demographic profiles of registered suicides generally resembled those for deaths of undetermined intent and accidents by pesticide poisoning/suffocation but differed from those for accidents from non-pesticide poisoning/drowning/falling/poisoning by non-domestic gas. For the period 1990-2007, suicide rates based on suicides alone (14.8 per 100,000) would increase by 23, 7 and 1%, respectively, when including deaths of undetermined intent, accidental pesticide poisonings and accidental suffocations. Conclusions Suicide rates may be underestimated by more than 30% in Taiwan because some suicides are 'hidden' amongst deaths certified as due to other causes. © Springer-Verlag 2009.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/145492
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 2.513
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.095
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Funding AgencyGrant Number
Taiwanese government (the Government Funds of the Ministry of Education)
Higher Education Funding Council for England (Overseas Research Scholarship)
University of Bristol (University of Bristol Postgraduate Research Scholarship)
Funding Information:

We wish to acknowledge the support for S.-S. Chang's PhD study from the Taiwanese government (the Government Funds of the Ministry of Education), the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Overseas Research Scholarship) and University of Bristol (University of Bristol Postgraduate Research Scholarship).

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DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorChang, SSen_HK
dc.contributor.authorSterne, JACen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLu, THen_HK
dc.contributor.authorGunnell, Den_HK
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-23T12:11:45Z-
dc.date.available2012-02-23T12:11:45Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_HK
dc.identifier.citationSocial Psychiatry And Psychiatric Epidemiology, 2010, v. 45 n. 2, p. 143-152en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0933-7954en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/145492-
dc.description.abstractObjective To identify cause-of-death categories in which suicides might be misclassified in Taiwan. Methods Weplotted secular trends (1971-2007) in sex- and method-specific rates of deaths classified as suicide, undetermined intent and accident for the Taiwanese population aged 15+ and compared the sex, age and marital status profiles of deaths in these three categories by method of death. Results The demographic profiles of registered suicides generally resembled those for deaths of undetermined intent and accidents by pesticide poisoning/suffocation but differed from those for accidents from non-pesticide poisoning/drowning/falling/poisoning by non-domestic gas. For the period 1990-2007, suicide rates based on suicides alone (14.8 per 100,000) would increase by 23, 7 and 1%, respectively, when including deaths of undetermined intent, accidental pesticide poisonings and accidental suffocations. Conclusions Suicide rates may be underestimated by more than 30% in Taiwan because some suicides are 'hidden' amongst deaths certified as due to other causes. © Springer-Verlag 2009.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSpringer Medizin. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.springer.com/steinkopff/psychiatrie/journal/127 en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofSocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiologyen_HK
dc.subjectCause of deathen_HK
dc.subjectClassificationen_HK
dc.subjectMethodsen_HK
dc.subjectSuicideen_HK
dc.subjectTaiwanen_HK
dc.title'Hidden' suicides amongst deaths certified as undetermined intent, accident by pesticide poisoning and accident by suffocation in Taiwanen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailChang, SS: sschang@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.authorityChang, SS=rp01582en_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s00127-009-0049-xen_HK
dc.identifier.pmid19363577-
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dc.identifier.volume45en_HK
dc.identifier.issue2en_HK
dc.identifier.spage143en_HK
dc.identifier.epage152en_HK
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