Charles Branas, Medscape, Economics-Driven Suicides

Charles Branas, Medscape, Economics-Driven Suicides

A new study of economic downturns' relationship to suicides in Greece led by Charles Branas is the subject of an article in Medscape.

The study, which was co-authored by Brendan Carr
Charles Branas
Charles Branas

and Douglas Wiebe, analyzed the patterns of austerity and prosperity along with the patterns of 11,505 Greek suicides over a 30 year period.

Sucide and recession
The researchers found a "significant, abrupt and sustained" increase in suicide beginning in October 2008, which marked the beginning of the recession.

"The cumulative stress and lowered hopes (currently) brought on by an unrelenting and sizable economic downturn in Greece... may result in sustained increases in suicide," the authors wrote.

Branas, PhD, is a Professor of Epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine and LDI Senior Fellow; Wiebe, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and also an LDI Senior Fellow; Carr, MD, is Associate Dean of Healthcare Delivery Innovation at Thomas Jefferson University and an Adjunct LDI Senior Fellow.