Year: 2005 Source: International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, v.11, no.3, (July/September 2005), p.246-253 SIEC No: 20052085

A matched-case design was used to determine the extent of misclassification of deaths by suicide with regard to work-relatedness & the implication for intervention. Cases were identified from Californiaƕs master mortality file. Two controls matched on the same external cause of death codes, age, date of death, & county of occurrence were randomly selected. Over 11% of cases & 23% of controls were misclassified. The findings point to misappropriation of the work-relatedness of suicide & hence, an inaccurate understanding of underlying risk factors & their intervention potential. (LC) (28 refs)