Monday, May 04, 2009

Team Uncovers Discrepancy in Death Certificates Listing Suicide

MORGANTOWN, W.Va., April 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Even though suicide outranks homicide as a cause of death in the United States, incomplete death certificates thwart healthcare policymakers who want to create prevention strategies - especially for black and Hispanic populations, a WVU study shows.

"The Institute of Medicine has documented that half of people who commit suicide have been diagnosed with a mental disorder, but death certificates register little of this history," said lead researcher Ian Rockett, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology and associate chair of the WVU Department of Community Medicine. "Less than 10 percent of people who committed suicide had a record of mental disorder on their death certificates. It's a major gap." Full story here.

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