In Reply We thank Mota et al for their comments on our recently published article that reported on mortality risk among discharged psychiatric inpatients.1 They correctly highlighted that our observational study did not inform as to whether admission to inpatient services directly influences mortality risk after discharge. However, this was not the goal of our investigation. Instead, its purpose was to examine specific causes of death in a national cohort that yielded statistically precise relative risk estimates vs all persons without experience of psychiatric hospitalization. Thus, we conducted a purely descriptive investigation without making any inference of causality, as we clearly explained in the article.1
Walter F, Pedersen CB, Webb RT. The Importance of a Valid Comparison Group—Reply. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017;74(9):973–974. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.1556
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