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Suicides in female prisoners in England and Wales, 1978–2004

  • Seena Fazel (a1) and Ram Benning (a2)
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We calculated, in narrow age bands, suicide rates for female prisoners compared with the general population between 1978 and 2004. The standardised mortality ratio (SMR) for suicide was 20.7 (95% CI 16.7–25.7), with a higher excess in younger women (525 years, SMR=40 (95% CI 29–57); 525 years, SMR=20 (95% CI 15–26)). There was a trend over time for SMRs to have increased, supporting the need for recent national initiatives for suicide prevention in prisoners.

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Dr Seena Fazel, University of Oxford, Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, Oxford OX3 7JX, UK. Email: seena.fazel@psych.ox.ac.uk
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Suicides in female prisoners in England and Wales, 1978–2004

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