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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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
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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