Gender differences in healthcare service utilisation 1 year before suicide: National record linkage study

Chia Ming Chang, Shin Cheng Liao, Hung Chi Chiang, Ying Yeh Chen, Kwan Cho Tseng, Yeuk Lun Chau, Hsiu-Ju Chang, Ming Been Lee

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Abstract

All suicides (n=12497) in Taiwan in 2001-2004 were identified from mortality records retrieved from the National Health insurance Database. Altogether, 95.1% of females and 84.9% of males had been in contact with healthcare services in the year before their death. Females received significantly more diagnoses of psychiatric disorders (48.0% v. 30.2%) and major depression (17.8% v. 7.4%) than males. Such differences were consistent across different medical settings where contact with hospital-based non-psychiatric physicians was as common as with general practitioners (GPs). However, diagnoses of psychiatric disorders were underdiagnosed in both genders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-460
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Volume195
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Mental Disorders
Suicide
Delivery of Health Care
National Health Programs
Taiwan
General Practitioners
Databases
Depression
Physicians
Mortality

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Chang, C. M., Liao, S. C., Chiang, H. C., Chen, Y. Y., Tseng, K. C., Chau, Y. L., ... Lee, M. B. (2009). Gender differences in healthcare service utilisation 1 year before suicide: National record linkage study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 195(5), 459-460. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.bp.108.053728

Gender differences in healthcare service utilisation 1 year before suicide : National record linkage study. / Chang, Chia Ming; Liao, Shin Cheng; Chiang, Hung Chi; Chen, Ying Yeh; Tseng, Kwan Cho; Chau, Yeuk Lun; Chang, Hsiu-Ju; Lee, Ming Been.

In: British Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 195, No. 5, 2009, p. 459-460.

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Chang, Chia Ming ; Liao, Shin Cheng ; Chiang, Hung Chi ; Chen, Ying Yeh ; Tseng, Kwan Cho ; Chau, Yeuk Lun ; Chang, Hsiu-Ju ; Lee, Ming Been. / Gender differences in healthcare service utilisation 1 year before suicide : National record linkage study. In: British Journal of Psychiatry. 2009 ; Vol. 195, No. 5. pp. 459-460.
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