Strengthening the Validity of Population-based Suicide Rate Comparisons: an Illustration Using U.S. Military and Civilian Data
Eaton K M~~Messer S C~~et al.
The objectives of this study were to generate precise estimates of suicide rates in the military while controlling for factors contributing to rate variability, & to develop a simple methodology for the determination of statistically derived thresholds for detecting significant rate changes. Suicide rate estimates were calculated for the military population & each service branch over 11 years, directly standardized to the 2000 United States population. Military rates were highly comparable across branches & were approximately 20% lower than the civilian rate. (45 refs)