Antidepressant prescribing and suicideBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7409.288 (Published 31 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:288
Analysis is misleading
- Joanna Moncrieff, senior lecturer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, University College London, London W1N 8AA
EDITOR—Hall et al's data on suicide rates and antidepressant prescribing contradict their own conclusions.1 The conventional and intuitive way of analysing trends in rates of antidepressant use by age group would be to look at ratios of rates of use in 1998-2001 and 1990-1.
Data on bmj.com show that rates increased 7.5 times for men aged 25-34 and 2.1 times for men …