Depression and mortality – APEAL Lab authors CMAJ paper with Stirling County Study team







Collaboration between three APEAL Lab members (Ewa Sucha, Mila Kingsbury, & Ian Colman) with Jane Murphy, Director of the Stirling County Study, and Stephen Gilman, Director of the Health Behaviour Branch at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, has led to a new paper in the CMAJ on depression and mortality. The Stirling County Study commenced in 1952 and is considered a landmark study in the field of community based psychiatric research. This paper found that depression increases the risk of mortality, and that the differences between women and men have been decreasing over time. Women with depression had an increased risk of mortality from 1992 to 2011 that was the same as the risk for men. This research underscores the need for people with depression to seek early treatment.

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