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Elderly suicide rates: Cross-national comparisons and association with sex and elderly age-bands in the European Union

A Shah, R Bhat, S McKenzie, C Koen

Journal of Chinese Clinical Medicine | Published : 2009


Objective: Suicide rates generally increase with age. Examination of cross-national variations in elderly suicide rate rates within a world region may allow generation of aetiological hypotheses. Methods: Suicide rates for males and females in the age-bands 65-74 years and 75 + years were ascertained from the World Health Organisation website for all the listed European Union countries(n = 24). Cross-national variations were examined by segregating different countries into four quartiles of elderly suicide rates. Suicide rates between males and females and between the two age-bands were compared across different countries. Results: The main findings were: (1) there were wide cross-national v..

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