Journal article

Deliberate self-inflicted trauma: population demographics, the nature of injury and a comparison with patients who overdose.

DM Taylor, PA Cameron

Aust N Z J Public Health | Published : 1998


Self-inflicted harm, whether by trauma or drug overdose, is not uncommon, and has important social consequences. This study was a retrospective record analysis of patients who presented to an emergency department after deliberate self-inflicted harm. Over the two-year study period, there were 175 self-inflicted trauma and 441 overdose presentations. The self-inflicted trauma patients were a heterogeneous group and included patients who displayed suicide-related behaviour and behaviour not related to suicide. The self-inflicted traumatic injuries tended to be either relatively minor or potentially very serious. Lacerations to the upper limb were seen most frequently. The trauma and overdose g..

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