Misclassification of Suicide - The Contribution of Opiates.

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Title Misclassification of Suicide - The Contribution of Opiates.
Author Cantor, Christopher Henry; McTaggart, Philippa; De Leo, Diego
Journal Name Psychopathology
Editor C. Mundt, E. Gabriel
Year Published 2001
Place of publication Switzerland
Publisher Karger
Abstract The reliability of suicide reporting remains a concern. Problems include procedural deficiencies, ambiguous evidence and the determination of intent. In this study, Queensland Suicide Register (QSR) data were compared to the usual official source – the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). QSR deaths were coded as beyond reasonable doubt, probable and possible. These categories were analysed by methods and demographic variables to determine the nature of difficult-to-classify suicides. QSR suicides exceeded ABS especially for females, ages 25–44, and the methods overdose, drowning and 'other methods'. Opiate overdoses were most difficult to code. Ambiguous circumstantial information and unclear intent were major impediments. Nations witnessing rising rates of deaths due to drug abuse need to monitor undetermined and accidental deaths as well as suicides.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000049297
Volume 34
Issue Number 3
Page from 140
Page to 146
ISSN 0254-4962
Date Accessioned 2002-06-21
Date Available 2010-09-22T06:54:19Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Subject PRE2009-Public Health and Health Services
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/3517
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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