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Q Does hospitalisation for psychiatric disorder increase suicide risk in elderly people?
Prospective cohort study based on individual level record linkage.
Follow up period:
General population, Denmark; 1 January 1994 to 31 December 1998.
All people aged 50 years and over living in Denmark between 1994 and 1998 (1 978 527 people). Data on gender, age, and migration was obtained from the Register of Population Statistics.
Hospitalisation for psychiatric causes, identified using the Danish Psychiatric Central Register.
Death by suicide (ICD-10), identified using the Registry of Causes of Death. Proportional hazards models were used for event history analysis to calculate …
For correspondence: Dr A Erlangsen, National Centre for Register-based Research, University of Aarhus, Taasingegade 1, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark;
Sources of funding: Danish Health Insurance Foundation and the Reference Group for Prevention of Suicide Attempts and Suicide, Denmark.
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