Risk of suicide for individuals reporting asthma and atopy in young adulthood: Findings from the Glasgow Alumni study

Andrew A Crawford, Bruna Galobardes, Mona Jeffreys, George Davey Smith, David Gunnell

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Abstract

There is emerging evidence that asthma and atopy may be associated with a higher risk of suicide. We investigated the association of asthma and atopy with mortality from suicide (n=32) in the Glasgow Alumni cohort, adjusting for the key confounders of socioeconomic position and smoking. We found no evidence of an association in our a priori atopy phenotypes with suicide, and there were insufficient suicides in the asthma phenotypes to draw any conclusions. In additional analyses, individuals reporting both eczema-urticaria and hay fever and those with family history of atopy were at higher risk of suicide. As these were secondary analyses and based on small numbers of events we cannot rule out chance findings. The lack of evidence in our main hypothesis may be due to the small number of suicides or reported associations between asthma and atopy may be confounded.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-367
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatry Research
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2014

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