Suicide and Other External-Cause Mortality Statistics in Ireland

Paul Corcoran, Ella Arensman, Desmond O'Mahony
2006 Crisis  
There are two sets of annual mortality statistics released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in Ireland, one based on deaths registered in the particular year and the other based on the deaths that occurred in that year. We compared the registration and occurrence figures for suicide and for other deaths by an external cause for the years 1987-2003. The occurrence figures were, on average, 6% higher than the registration figures. There was evidence that the extent of the discrepancy
more » ... ed over the study period, reaching almost 20% in recent years. The findings suggest that caution needs to be taken in the media reporting of registration figures for suicide and other external causes of death in Ireland and in the interpretation of these figures by health professionals.
doi:10.1027/0227-5910.27.3.130 pmid:17091823 fatcat:bmutofj6oncohdcl2dn2s6jhnq