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Suicide Rates and Antidepressant Prescribing: A Casual or Causal Relationship?

  • Published: June 13, 2006
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030220

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No conclusion possible

Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:55 GMT

Author: Richard Hockey
E-mail: rhockey@optusnet.com.au
Submitted Date: June 15, 2006
Published Date: June 15, 2006
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Because of the nature of this analysis no conclusion is possible. There are plenty of examples in the literature demonstrating the 'ecological fallacy'. Studies such as this have very little utility other than to generate hypotheses.

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