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Commentary on: Das-Munshi J, Chang CK, Schofield P, et al. Depression and cause-specific mortality in an ethnically diverse cohort from the UK: 8-year prospective study. Psychol Med. 2018:1-13. doi: 10.1017/S0033291718002210.
Implications for practice and research
Practitioners need to consider the physical health of all people with depression in order to decrease their excess mortality.
A community-based study is required to properly understand ethnic differences in the mortality rates of people with depression.
Studies report that people with depression have increased mortality.1 This is not just because of suicide, it is linked to an increased risk of physical illnesses.2 Those with all severities of depression and even those with subclinical depression have increased mortality. It is unclear whether ethnicity has an impact on mortality rates in depression.
The study aimed to investigate all cause and cause-specific standardised mortality ratios (SMRs) by ethnicity in people …
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