Association between antidepressant prescribing and suicide in Australia, 1991-2000: trend analysis.

  • Hall W
  • Mant A
  • Mitchell P
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OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between trends in antidepressant prescribing and suicide rates in Australia for 1991-2000. DESIGN: Analysis of databases of suicide and rates of antidepressant prescribing according to age and sex. SETTING: Australian Bureau of Statistics data, sales data from the Australian pharmaceutical industry, prescribing data in general practice. SUBJECTS: Men and women aged 15 years and over in 10 year age groups. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Trends in suicide rates and trends in antidepressant prescribing. Association measured by Spearman's rank correlations. RESULTS: While overall national rates of suicide did not fall significantly, incidence decreased in older men and women and increased in younger adults. In both men (r(s)=-0.91; P

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  • Wayne D Hall

  • Andrea Mant

  • Philip B Mitchell

  • Valerie a Rendle

  • Ian B Hickie

  • Peter McManus

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