Suicide rate, prevalence of diagnosed depression and prevalence of working physicians in Hungary

Z. Rihmer, W. Rutz, J. Barsi

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Abstract

Based on the well‐known relationship between depression and suicide, we investigated the regional distribution of the suicide rate, rate of diagnosed depression and prevalence of working physicians in Hungary. A strong significant positive correlation was found between the rate of working physicians and rate of diagnosed depression, and both parameters showed a strong significant negative correlation with the suicide rate. The more physicians per 100,000 inhabitants, the better is the recognition of depression and the lower is the suicide rate in the given region. The rate of working doctors was significantly higher in the counties located in western Hungary, which may have a role in the lower suicide mortality in this area of the country.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-394
Number of pages4
JournalActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume88
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1993

Keywords

  • depression
  • suicide
  • suicide prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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