Year: 1985 Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, v.1, no.6, (November-December 1985), p.58-60 SIEC No: 19911343

To test the hypothesis of whether respiratory disease in coal miners presented a risk for suicide, 50 suicide deaths from 4 cohorts of coal miners were matched by age at death to 2 series of controls. Using odds ratios, the risks of obstructive lung disease & coal workers pneumoconiosis were evaluated together with other risk factors such as years of underground mining. Neither respiratory disease was found to pose a statistically elevated risk of suicide in this sample. (22 refs.)