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Comment & Response
September 4, 2019

Challenges of Suicide Outcomes Ascertainment in Administrative Claims Databases

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  • 1US Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Division of Epidemiology I, Silver Spring, Maryland
JAMA Psychiatry. Published online September 4, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.2338

To the Editor A recent article by Brent and colleagues concluded that “Children of parents who use prescription opioids are at increased risk for suicide attempts, which could be a contributing factor to the time trend in adolescent suicidality.”1 The known challenges of accurately capturing suicide attempt in administrative claims databases raise concerns about outcome ascertainment.

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