Mortality among male forensic and non-forensic psychiatric patients: matched cohort study of rates, predictors and causes-of-death

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Mortality among male forensic and non-forensic psychiatric patients : matched cohort study of rates, predictors and causes-of-death. / Uhrskov Sørensen, Lisbeth; Bengtson, Susanne; Lund, Jens et al.

I: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, Bind 74, Nr. 7, 10.2020, s. 489-496.

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title = "Mortality among male forensic and non-forensic psychiatric patients: matched cohort study of rates, predictors and causes-of-death",
abstract = "Background: The mortality of forensic psychiatric (FP) patients compared to non-forensic psychiatric (non-FP) patients has been sparsely examined. Methods: We conducted a matched cohort study and compared Danish male FP patients (n = 490) who underwent pre-trial forensic psychiatric assessment (FPA) 1980–1992 and were subsequently sentenced to psychiatric treatment with matched (on year of birth, marital status, and municipality of residence) male non-FP patients (n = 490) and male general population controls (n = 1716). FP and non-FP patients were also matched on major psychiatric diagnostic categories. To determine mortality and identify potential predictors of mortality, we linked nationwide register data (demographics, education, employment, psychiatric admission pattern and diagnoses, cause of death) to study cohorts. Average follow-up time was 19 years from FPA assessment/sampling until death/censoring or 31 December 2010 and risk factors were studied/controlled with Cox proportional hazard analysis. Results: Overall, psychiatric patients had significantly higher mortality compared to matched general population controls (medium to large effects). Among patients, 44% (213) of FP vs. 36% (178) of matched non-FP patients died during follow-up (p = 0.02). When we used Cox regression modeling to control for potential risk factors; age, education, immigrant background, employed/studying at index, length of psychiatric inpatient stay/year, and ever being diagnosed with substance use disorder (SUD), FP patient status was no longer significantly associated with increased mortality, whereas SUD and longer inpatient time per year were independently associated with increased mortality. Discussion: This study suggests that SUD and longer inpatient time per year are independent risk factors for increased mortality in psychiatric patients.",
keywords = "Forensic psychiatry, mental illness, mentally disordered offender, mortality, substance abuse, GLOBAL BURDEN, SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS, EXCESS MORTALITY, DISEASE, SCHIZOPHRENIA",
author = "{Uhrskov S{\o}rensen}, Lisbeth and Susanne Bengtson and Jens Lund and Michael Ibsen and Niklas L{\aa}ngstr{\"o}m",
year = "2020",
month = oct,
doi = "10.1080/08039488.2020.1743753",
language = "English",
volume = "74",
pages = "489--496",
journal = "Nordic Journal of Psychiatry. Supplement",
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TY - JOUR

T1 - Mortality among male forensic and non-forensic psychiatric patients

T2 - matched cohort study of rates, predictors and causes-of-death

AU - Uhrskov Sørensen, Lisbeth

AU - Bengtson, Susanne

AU - Lund, Jens

AU - Ibsen, Michael

AU - Långström, Niklas

PY - 2020/10

Y1 - 2020/10

N2 - Background: The mortality of forensic psychiatric (FP) patients compared to non-forensic psychiatric (non-FP) patients has been sparsely examined. Methods: We conducted a matched cohort study and compared Danish male FP patients (n = 490) who underwent pre-trial forensic psychiatric assessment (FPA) 1980–1992 and were subsequently sentenced to psychiatric treatment with matched (on year of birth, marital status, and municipality of residence) male non-FP patients (n = 490) and male general population controls (n = 1716). FP and non-FP patients were also matched on major psychiatric diagnostic categories. To determine mortality and identify potential predictors of mortality, we linked nationwide register data (demographics, education, employment, psychiatric admission pattern and diagnoses, cause of death) to study cohorts. Average follow-up time was 19 years from FPA assessment/sampling until death/censoring or 31 December 2010 and risk factors were studied/controlled with Cox proportional hazard analysis. Results: Overall, psychiatric patients had significantly higher mortality compared to matched general population controls (medium to large effects). Among patients, 44% (213) of FP vs. 36% (178) of matched non-FP patients died during follow-up (p = 0.02). When we used Cox regression modeling to control for potential risk factors; age, education, immigrant background, employed/studying at index, length of psychiatric inpatient stay/year, and ever being diagnosed with substance use disorder (SUD), FP patient status was no longer significantly associated with increased mortality, whereas SUD and longer inpatient time per year were independently associated with increased mortality. Discussion: This study suggests that SUD and longer inpatient time per year are independent risk factors for increased mortality in psychiatric patients.

AB - Background: The mortality of forensic psychiatric (FP) patients compared to non-forensic psychiatric (non-FP) patients has been sparsely examined. Methods: We conducted a matched cohort study and compared Danish male FP patients (n = 490) who underwent pre-trial forensic psychiatric assessment (FPA) 1980–1992 and were subsequently sentenced to psychiatric treatment with matched (on year of birth, marital status, and municipality of residence) male non-FP patients (n = 490) and male general population controls (n = 1716). FP and non-FP patients were also matched on major psychiatric diagnostic categories. To determine mortality and identify potential predictors of mortality, we linked nationwide register data (demographics, education, employment, psychiatric admission pattern and diagnoses, cause of death) to study cohorts. Average follow-up time was 19 years from FPA assessment/sampling until death/censoring or 31 December 2010 and risk factors were studied/controlled with Cox proportional hazard analysis. Results: Overall, psychiatric patients had significantly higher mortality compared to matched general population controls (medium to large effects). Among patients, 44% (213) of FP vs. 36% (178) of matched non-FP patients died during follow-up (p = 0.02). When we used Cox regression modeling to control for potential risk factors; age, education, immigrant background, employed/studying at index, length of psychiatric inpatient stay/year, and ever being diagnosed with substance use disorder (SUD), FP patient status was no longer significantly associated with increased mortality, whereas SUD and longer inpatient time per year were independently associated with increased mortality. Discussion: This study suggests that SUD and longer inpatient time per year are independent risk factors for increased mortality in psychiatric patients.

KW - Forensic psychiatry

KW - mental illness

KW - mentally disordered offender

KW - mortality

KW - substance abuse

KW - GLOBAL BURDEN

KW - SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS

KW - EXCESS MORTALITY

KW - DISEASE

KW - SCHIZOPHRENIA

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85082977252&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/08039488.2020.1743753

DO - 10.1080/08039488.2020.1743753

M3 - Journal article

C2 - 32248726

AN - SCOPUS:85082977252

VL - 74

SP - 489

EP - 496

JO - Nordic Journal of Psychiatry. Supplement

JF - Nordic Journal of Psychiatry. Supplement

SN - 0803-9496

IS - 7

ER -