Suicide in patients with Parkinson's disease. An epidemiological study

Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1994 Jul;90(1):70-2. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1994.tb01558.x.


The purpose of this study was to estimate the risk of suicide for patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) in Denmark compared with that in the background population. The study involved 458 patients with a PD diagnosis, 226 men and 232 women. The follow-up period to either death or end of follow-up on December 31, 1990 was 0 to 17 years, mean 5.7 years. Deaths in the follow-up period amounted to 254, 135 men and 119 women. Two women committed suicide. The number of expected suicides was 1.06 for men and 0.55 for women, a total of 1.62. Neither for men nor for women was the difference between expected and observed suicides statistically significant.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Denmark / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parkinson Disease / psychology*
  • Sex Factors
  • Suicide / psychology
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*