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Admission for infection is linked to increased suicide risk

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4416 (Published 11 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4416
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Patients admitted to hospital because of infections have a 42% increased risk of death by suicide, a study published in JAMA Psychiatry has found.1

Infection and inflammation have increasingly been linked with a potential critical role in psychiatric disorders and suicidal behaviour, so the researchers attempted to estimate the association between admission for infection and the risk of death by suicide. They used data from Danish longitudinal registers on 7.22 million people aged over 15 living in Denmark …

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