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Rates Of Suicide And Non-Fatal Suicide Attempts Among Persons Undergoing Organ Transplantation In Denmark From 1995 Through 2015

Authors Gradus JL, Horváth-Puhó E, Jiang T, Rosellini AJ, Lash TL, Sørensen HT

Received 21 August 2019

Accepted for publication 22 October 2019

Published 18 November 2019 Volume 2019:11 Pages 1011—1013

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CLEP.S228091

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Irene Petersen


Jaimie L Gradus,1 Erzsébet Horváth-Puhó,2 Tammy Jiang,1 Anthony J Rosellini,3 Timothy L Lash,4 Henrik Toft Sørensen2

1Department of Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA; 2Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark; 3Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA; 4Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA

Correspondence: Jaimie L Gradus
Department of Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
Email jgradus@bu.edu

Complications following organ transplant – such as complex medical regimens involving adherence to lifelong immunosuppressant medications, adverse effects, infection, and rejection of the transplanted organ – may increase the risk of stress and mental disorders.1 Only one population-based study has examined the association between organ transplant and suicide, and found that the suicide rate among liver transplant recipients was five times that of the Nordic general population between the years 2000 and 2010.2 In this study, we examined associations between heart, lung, kidney, and liver transplants and suicide and non-fatal suicide attempts in the population of Denmark.


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