Antidepressant prescribing and suicide

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7409.288-a (Published 31 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:288

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Associations attribute possible causality inappropriately

  1. Brian M Draper, conjoint associate professor (b.draper@unsw.edu.au)
  1. University of New South Wales, Sydney Academic Department for Old Age Psychiatry, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, New South Wales 2031, Australia

    EDITOR—Hall et al say that reductions in suicide rates in older people in Australia could be attributed to their increased exposure to antidepressants, in particular selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.1 But the associations seem to attribute possible causality inappropriately.

    According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, suicide rates in …

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