Year: 1985 Source: International Journal of Epidemiology, v.14, no.2, (1985), p.272-275 SIEC No: 19940963

The reliability of official Belgian suicide statistics was assessed by comparing various mortality indicators for suicide, undetermined deaths, accidental poisoning deaths, & “estimated” suicide in 1968-72 & 1978-81. Results did not reveal significant underreporting on national comparisons. However, among the 43 geographical districts a biased distribution in the undetermined deaths category was found. This bias was not enough to change the geographical suicide pattern reported in Belgium.