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Document ID (ISN)111658
CIS number 11-0442
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) MacFarlane E., Simpson P., Benke G., Sim M.R.
Title Suicide in Australian pesticide-exposed workers
Bibliographic information 2011, Vol.61, p.259-264. 29 ref.
Abstract Epidemiological research has observed that workers with exposure to anticholinesterase pesticides, and particularly those with a history of acute overexposure, may be at increased risk of depression. However, there is little published research about the risk of suicide in relation to pesticide exposure. A nested case-control study was performed within a retrospective cohort study of pesticide-exposed workers. Ninety male suicide deaths and 270 male controls were matched by age bands, state of residence and live status. Cholinesterase inhibition was determined using subject-specific biomonitoring records collected at the time of exposure. This study did not find an elevated suicide risk associated with use of any major class of pesticide and there was little evidence that overexposure was associated with increased risk of suicide.
Descriptors (primary) Australia; pesticides; suicide; agriculture; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) organophosphorus compounds; cholinesterase; enzyme inhibition; depressive neurosis; case-control study; literature survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Agricultural chemicals
Exposure evaluation
Mental health