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Suicide and deprivation in Scotland

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 02 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:543
  1. Philip McLoone, research fellowa
  1. a Public Health Research Unit, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8RZ
  • Accepted 1 November 1995

In Scotland the analysis of deaths in small geographical areas showed an association between suicide rates and economic deprivation.1 This suggested that the recent increase in rates among young people has been greatest in deprived areas. Because of continuing concerns about rising suicide rates among young men I investigated the association with deprivation further.

Subjects, methods, and results

The General Register Office for Scotland provided data on all deaths by suicide (codes E950-959 in the revision of the International Classification of Diseases) and deaths undetermined whether accidentally or purposely inflicted (codes E980-E989) which had occurred among Scottish residents between 1981 and 1993. Undetermined deaths were considered to be suicide, and death rates were standardised to the World Health Organisation's European population. I investigated the associations with deprivation by using Carstairs deprivation scores to group postcode …

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