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Sudden infant death syndrome is associated with parental psychiatric admission

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Dr Roger T Webb

Correspondence to: Dr Roger T Webb, Centre for Women’s Mental Health Research, University of Manchester, Williamson Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK; roger.webb@manchester.ac.uk

QUESTION

Question:

Is sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) associated with parental psychiatric admission?

People:

All Danish infants born between January 1973 and December 1998, identified through the Civil Registration System (n = 1 439 982).

Setting:

Denmark; January 1973 to December 1998.

Risk factors:

First parental inpatient admission (after age 16 years) for an ICD-10 psychiatric diagnosis or alcohol- or drug-related disorder occurring before their infant’s first birthday or death (identified through the Psychiatric Central Register from April 1969 onwards). Time dependent stratification was used to categorise exposure by person-years of risk following first admission. Results were adjusted according to whether the mother, father or both parents had been admitted.

Outcomes:

SIDS and other natural or unnatural causes of death, identified through the national Causes of Death Register using ICD-8 classifications.

METHODS

Design:

Retrospective cohort study (register-based).

Follow up period:

From birth to first birthday, …

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