To the Editor The article by VanderWeele et al,1 based on longitudinal data from the Nurses’ Health Study, concluded that “frequent religious service attendance was associated with substantially lower suicide risk,” especially for Catholics and argued that “substantial confounding by unmeasured factors seems unlikely.” Framing involvement in religious institutions solely in benign terms, the study recommended that “for patients who are already religious, service attendance might be encouraged as a form of meaningful social participation.”1
Krieger N. Religious Service Attendance and Suicide Rates. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017;74(2):197. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.2744
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