Allan Garland, MD, MA
Professor of Medicine & Community
Co-Head, Section of Critical Care Medicine
University of Manitoba
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: Heart attacks, strokes and cardiac arrest are common acute health events. Most studies of serious acute health events look at outcomes such as death and how long is spent in the hospital. But for working age people, the ability to work and earn income are very important outcomes that have rarely been studied.
We set out to carefully measure, across Canada, how much heart attacks, strokes and cardiac arrests affect the ability of working age people to work and earn.
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Grégoire Rey
Directeur du CépiDc
Hopitâl Bicêtre France
MedicalResearch: What are the main findings of the study?
Dr. Rey: We found that, between 2000 and 2010, unemployment and suicide rates were globally associatedin eight Western European countries (Austria, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the UK). However, this ecological association was weak (0.3% increase in suicide rate for a 10% increase in unemployment rate). Across countries, it was inconsistently confounded by the effect of other concomitant features of the economic crisis.