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One-third of Danish people will receive secondary care treatment for a mental disorder during their lifetime
  1. Marta Miret
  1. Department of Psychiatry, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Salud Mental. CIBERSAM, Madrid, Spain;
  1. marta.miret{at}

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What is already known on this topic?

There is a need to assess the lifetime risks for mental disorders in order to plan healthcare services. Incidence rates of mental disorders have been estimated by age and sex in population-based prospective surveys. Previous studies that have used health registries to estimate incidence and risk have focused on only one specific disorder.1 Nevertheless, no nationwide studies that provide comprehensive assessments of lifetime risks for treated mental disorders have been carried out.

What does this paper add?

  • This is the first comprehensive nationwide assessment of lifetime risks, sex-specific and age-specific incidence rates and sex-specific and age-specific cumulative incidence rates of mental disorders treated in secondary care during a lifetime.

  • The results show that one-third of the Danish population will receive treatment in secondary care for a mental disorder across their lifetime. This finding is close to the lifetime prevalence found in previous community surveys.2 Many mental disorders had a single peak during the second and third decades of life, …

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