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Suicide and Health Crisis in Extremadura: Impact of Confinement during COVID-19

Department of Psychology and Anthropology, University of Extremadura, 06071 Badajoz, Spain
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Received: 27 March 2021 / Revised: 23 April 2021 / Accepted: 28 April 2021 / Published: 4 May 2021
Because of its impact on social well-being, mental health, and financial security, the COVID-19 health crisis may increase the risk of suicide. This study’s objective was to determine what impact the period of confinement might have had on the incidence of deaths by suicide (DBS) in the Extremadura region (Spain). Cases registered in the Institutes of Legal Medicine and Forensic Science (IMLyCFs) from January 2015 to December 2020 were collected. Intra- and interannual comparisons were made of the suicide rates in the periods of confinement (March–June) and postconfinement (July–October) of 2020 with those of the preceding 5 years. After seasonally adjusting the data by means of a time series analysis, rate ratios (RRs) were calculated together with their 95% confidence intervals (CI). There were no significant differences between the suicide rates of 2020 and the mean of the preceding 5 years (RR = 0.94; CI: 0.56–1.55), and neither did any differences seen in the intra-annual analysis from the period of confinement to postconfinement reach statistical significance (RR = 0.74; CI: 0.45–1.20). It is necessary to strengthen vigilance during and after the crisis and ensure that assistance mechanisms are in place to prevent an increase in suicides. View Full-Text
Keywords: suicide; lockdown; COVID-19 suicide; lockdown; COVID-19
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Puig-Amores, I.; Cuadrado-Gordillo, I.; Martín-Mora Parra, G. Suicide and Health Crisis in Extremadura: Impact of Confinement during COVID-19. Trauma Care 2021, 1, 38-48. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/traumacare1010004

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Puig-Amores I, Cuadrado-Gordillo I, Martín-Mora Parra G. Suicide and Health Crisis in Extremadura: Impact of Confinement during COVID-19. Trauma Care. 2021; 1(1):38-48. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/traumacare1010004

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Puig-Amores, Ismael, Isabel Cuadrado-Gordillo, and Guadalupe Martín-Mora Parra. 2021. "Suicide and Health Crisis in Extremadura: Impact of Confinement during COVID-19" Trauma Care 1, no. 1: 38-48. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/traumacare1010004

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