Late mortality in severe depression

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OBJECTIVE: To assess late mortality among psychiatric in-patients with severe depression/melancholia.
METHOD: 1,206 in-patients rated at discharge on a multidimensional diagnostic schedule had received the diagnosis severe depression/ melancholia between 1956 and 1969. A first follow-up was made in 1984. The present follow-up constitutes 675 survivors 15-42 years after the first admission. They were followed-up by means of the general population register and local parish registers to January 1st 1998.
RESULTS: At this second follow-up another 279 patients were deceased, standardized mortality ratio 1.3, indicating a continuous increased mortality late in the course of depression. Eleven suicides (4%) were included, eight men and three women, which was less than the 22% found in the first investigation. Male patients showed a higher suicide rate than female patients late in the course.
CONCLUSION: The general mortality and suicide rate remain increased late in the course.


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  • Skåne University Hospital
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  • Psychiatry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-116
JournalActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Feb
Publication categoryResearch