Religion and suicide in patients with mental illness or cancer

Panczak, Radoslaw; Spoerri, Adrian; Zwahlen, Marcel; Bopp, Matthias; Gutzwiller, Felix; Egger, Matthias (2013). Religion and suicide in patients with mental illness or cancer. SUICIDE AND LIFE-THREATENING BEHAVIOR, 43(2), pp. 213-222. Wiley 10.1111/sltb.12009

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In Switzerland, the highest rates of suicide are observed in persons without religious affiliation and the lowest in Catholics, with Protestants in an intermediate position. We examined whether this association was modified by concomitant psychiatric diagnoses or malignancies, based on 6,909 suicides (ICD-10 codes X60-X84) recorded in 3.69 million adult residents 2001-2008. Suicides were related to mental illness or cancer if codes F or C, respectively, were mentioned on the death certificate. The protective effect of religion was substantially stronger if a diagnosis of cancer was mentioned on the death certificate and weaker if a mental illness was mentioned.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Panczak, Radoslaw; Spörri, Adrian; Zwahlen, Marcel and Egger, Matthias

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services

ISSN:

0363-0234

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Doris Kopp Heim

Date Deposited:

12 Feb 2014 17:09

Last Modified:

28 Feb 2015 23:46

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/sltb.12009

PubMed ID:

23331329

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.40745

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/40745

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