This is a dataset of studies examining the effect of depression status on all-cause excess mortality.

data("DepressionMortality")

Format

A data.frame with 5 columns.

author

character. The study label containing the first author and year of the study.

event.e

numeric. The number of deaths in patients with depression.

n.e

numeric. The total number of patients with depression.

event.c

numeric. The number of deaths in the control group without depression status.

n.c

numeric. The total number of individuals in the control group.

country

character. The country in which the study was conducted.

Source

Cuijpers, P., & Smit, F. (2002). Excess Mortality in Depression: a Meta-Analysis of Community Studies. Journal of Affective Disorders, 72(3), 227-236.

Details

This data set was used in a meta-analysis by Cuijpers and Smit (2002), examining the impact of subclinical and full-symptom depression on excess mortality. The meta-analysis studied differences in the rate of deaths between individuals with and without depression within the same timeframe. To avoid unit-of-analyses issues, we pooled event counts of studies which contributed more than one effect size in the original analysis. Results are therefore not exactly identical with the ones reported in Cuijpers and Smit (2002).