Duncan Buchanan

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Suicide as a premature exit from life is confusing not only for family and friends of the individual who shows suicidal behavior but also for many professionals. This article defines the concept of suicide, clarifies terms associated with suicide, reviews current clinical and research literature on suicide, and proposes a conceptual model that describes(More)
OBJECTIVES High levels of 'excess' mortality (ie, that seemingly not explained by deprivation) have been shown for Scotland compared to England and Wales and, especially, for its largest city, Glasgow, compared to the similarly deprived English cities of Liverpool and Manchester. It has been suggested that this excess may be related to differences in 'Sense(More)
1. The suicide rate for adults over 65 years of age is the highest rate for suicide in any age group, and the rate is projected to increase. 2. To address a clinical concern, such as suicide, clinicians and researchers must identify factors that are specific to each population at high risk. This study chose to examine self-transcendence, which is thought to(More)
BACKGROUND Few countries record the data needed to estimate life expectancy by ethnic group. Such information is helpful in assessing the extent of health inequality. METHOD Life tables were created using 3 years of deaths (May 2001-April 2004) linked to Scottish 2001 Census data for 4.62 million individuals with self-reported ethnicity. We created 8(More)
OBJECTIVES Our objective was to augment the limited evidence mainly from local, clinical studies of ethnic differences in gastrointestinal disorders. Our question was: are there ethnic variations in hospitalisation/death for lower gastrointestinal disorders in Scotland? SETTING Scotland. POPULATION This retrospective-cohort linked 4.65 (of 4.9) million(More)
Disability in fifty chronic bronchitis patients was measured by the twelve-minute walking test. The degree of disability was examined in relation to lung function and a measure of disproportion of disability was derived. This measure was significantly related to a number of attitude measures, in particular the patients' beliefs about treatment and treatment(More)
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