Immigration and recommended care after a suicide attempt in Europe: Equity or bias?

Cendrine Bursztein Lipsicas*, Ilkka Henrik Mäkinen, Danuta Wasserman, Alan Apter, Julio Bobes, Ad Kerkhof, Konrad Michel, Ellinor Salander Renberg, Kees Van Heeringen, Airi Värnik, Armin Schmidtke

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This report describes the investigation of care recommendations in the medical system across European countries to immigrants who attempted suicide. Data from seven European countries with 8865 local and 2921 immigrant person-cases were derived from the WHO/EURO Multicentre Study on Suicidal Behaviour and ensuing MONSUE (Monitoring Suicidal Behaviour in Europe) project. The relationship between immigrant status and type of aftercare recommended was analysed with binary logistic regression, adjusting for gender, age, method of attempt and the Centre collecting the data. Clear disparities were identified in the care recommendation practices toward immigrants, compared with hosts, over and above differing policies by the European Centres.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-65
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Public Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes


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