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No differences in mortality and suicide between treated and never-treated people with schizophrenia

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Do the rates of all-cause mortality and suicide differ between treated and never-treated people with schizophrenia?


Participants were 510 people with schizophrenia (ICD-10), living in rural communities. Participants were identified from an epidemiological study of 123 572 people aged ≥15 years.


Six townships in Xinjin County, Chengdu, China; time period studied March 1994 to May 2004.

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Participants, or one person familiar with the participant's circumstances (informant), or both, were interviewed in May 2004. If the participant had died, then the next kin or informant was interviewed. Trained psychiatrists used the Patients Follow-up Schedule for about 30 min. Psychiatric and medical treatment records were obtained from doctor's clinics, hospitals and traditional healers. Death certificates and suicide notes were also obtained as required. Treatment information was used to classify participants as never-treated or treated. Never-treated was defined as the participant or informant, or both, reporting that, since their first episode of schizophrenia, they had …

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  • Sources of funding Grant from China Medical Board in New York, HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention and ICOHRTA grant from the Fogarty International Centre of NIH.


  • Competing interests None.

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