Background We aimed to study the effect of weather conditions on the rate of all deaths due to fatal self-harm (FSH) reported in a population of 350 000.
In this study the term FSH refers to all coroners'verdicts which were recorded in a specified period and included suicide, misadventure and open verdict.
Method Five - year data of FSH in North Cheshire was analysed in relation to meteorological data, which were measured at the nearest meteorological office to the study population.
Results Small but significant positive correlations were demonstrated between occurrence of FSH and hours of sunshine (P<0.01) and diurnal variations in daily temperature (P<0.05).
These effects were independent ofgender and psychiatric history.
Conclusions Weather may influence the occurrence of FSH, probably interacting with biological and social variables.
The rate of FSH death appears to be positively related to fine weather conditions, during early summer, and not to extreme weather conditions as previously reported.
Mots-clés Pascal : Suicide, Condition météorologique, Angleterre, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe, Etude longitudinale, Epidémiologie, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Suicide, Atmospheric condition, England, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe, Follow up study, Epidemiology, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0017713
Code Inist : 002B18C11. Création : 17/04/1998.