Estimating suicide rates in developing nations: a low-cost newspaper capture-recapture approach in Cambodia

Harris, Keith M., Thandrayen, Joanne, Samphoas, Chien, Se, Pros, Lewchalermwongse, Boontriga, Ratanashevorn, Rattanakorn, Perry, Megan L. and Britts, Choloe (2016) Estimating suicide rates in developing nations: a low-cost newspaper capture-recapture approach in Cambodia. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 28 3: 262-270. doi:10.1177/1010539516634186


Author Harris, Keith M.
Thandrayen, Joanne
Samphoas, Chien
Se, Pros
Lewchalermwongse, Boontriga
Ratanashevorn, Rattanakorn
Perry, Megan L.
Britts, Choloe
Title Estimating suicide rates in developing nations: a low-cost newspaper capture-recapture approach in Cambodia
Journal name Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1010-5395
1941-2479
Publication date 2016-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1010539516634186
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 28
Issue 3
Start page 262
End page 270
Total pages 9
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract This study tested a low-cost method for estimating suicide rates in developing nations that lack adequate statistics. Data comprised reported suicides from Cambodia’s 2 largest newspapers. Capture-recapture modeling estimated a suicide rate of 3.8/100 000 (95% CI = 2.5-6.7) for 2012. That compares to World Health Organization estimates of 1.3 to 9.4/100 000 and a Cambodian government estimate of 3.5/100 000. Suicide rates of males were twice that of females, and rates of those <40 years were twice that of those ≥40 years. Capture-recapture modeling with newspaper reports proved a reasonable method for estimating suicide rates for countries with inadequate official data. These methods are low-cost and can be applied to regions with at least 2 newspapers with overlapping reports. Means to further improve this approach are discussed. These methods are applicable to both recent and historical data, which can benefit epidemiological work, and may also be applicable to homicides and other statistics.
Keyword Cambodia
Capture-recapture
Epidemiology
Public health
Southeast Asia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: HERDC Pre-Audit
School of Psychology Publications
 
Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 0 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article
Scopus Citation Count Cited 0 times in Scopus Article
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Sun, 05 Jun 2016, 10:33:24 EST by System User on behalf of Learning and Research Services (UQ Library)