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Epidemiology of intentional self-poisoning in rural Sri Lanka

Eddleston, Michael; Gunnell, David; Karunaratne, Ayanthi; De Silva, Dhammik; Sheriff, M H Rezvi; Buckley, Nicholas

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We investigated the epidemiology of intentional self-poisoning in rural Sri Lanka by prospectively recording 2189 admissions to two secondary hospitals. Many patients were young (median age 25 years), male (57%) and used pesticides (49%). Of the 198 who died, 156 were men (case fatality 12.4%) and 42 were women (4.5%). Over half of female deaths were in those under 25 years old; male deaths were spread more evenly across age groups. Oleander and paraquat caused 74% of deaths in people under 25...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/83660
Source: British Journal of Psychiatry
DOI: 10.1192/bjp.187.6.583

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