A hypothesis is generated that despite high reported rates, suicide among elderly Japanese females is substantially underestimated due to misclassification of drowning suicides (ICD-9 E954) as unintentional drownings (ICD-9 E910).
Data are adapted from 1919-1981 age-, sex- and cause-specific mortality tabulations for Japan, the United States, Australia, France, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Between ages 55 and 14 years, unintentional drowning rates for males and females in Japan begin to diverge sharply from those of comparison countries.
By ages 15 and older, the rate for Japanese females is 13.5 per 100,000, which exceeds comparison rates by 1- to 15-fold.
Mots-clés Pascal : Suicide, Epidémiologie, Etude comparative, Noyade, Erreur estimation, Vieillard, Homme, Femelle, Japon, Asie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Suicide, Epidemiology, Comparative study, Drowning, Estimation error, Elderly, Human, Female, Japan, Asia
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Cote : 93-0502292
Code Inist : 002B18C11. Création : 199406.