Asthma and suicide-related adverse events: a review of observational studies

Iessa, N., Murray, M.L., Curran, S. and Wong, I.C.K. (2011) Asthma and suicide-related adverse events: a review of observational studies. European Respiratory Review, 20 (122). pp. 287-292. 10.1183/09059180.00005211.

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DOI: 10.1183/09059180.00005211


Suicide is a major public health concern. There are several risk factors associated with suicide. Chronic illnesses, such as asthma, have been linked to an increased risk of suiciderelated events. This study reviews the evidence of an association between asthma and suicide using published epidemiological observational studies. An electronic search using PubMed and EMBASE was performed. Studies that investigated the association of asthma with suicide-related behaviour were selected. Studies were examined to form a descriptive analysis. Six observational studies met the selection criteria, of which at least one suicide-related adverse event was studied. Three studies investigated completed suicide, two suicide attempts and four suicide ideation. Two of the studies focused on individuals aged <18 yrs. Evidence from observational data support the hypothesis of an association between asthma and suicide-related behaviour (ideation, attempts and completion); however, epidemiological studies, with more objective measures and larger sample sizes, adjusting for a wider scope of suicide-related confounding factors (e.g. comorbidities), and with a longitudinal design, are needed for a more conclusive answer

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Asthma; Attempt; Ideation; Review; Suicide
Departments, units and centres:Department of Practice and Policy > Centre for Paediatric Pharmacy Research
ID Code:2765
Journal or Publication Title:European Respiratory Review
Deposited By:Library Staff
Deposited On:09 Feb 2012 15:43
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