Journal article

Long-term trends of hospital admissions among patients with cancer following the 2015 earthquake: a single institution observational study in Kathmandu, Nepal

Anup Uprety, Akihiko Ozaki, Asaka Higuchi, Bikal Ghimire, Toyoaki Sawano, Kenji Tsuda, Shuhei Nomura, Claire Leppold, Masaharu Tsubokura, Tetsuya Tanimoto, Yogendra Prasad Singh

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Little is known regarding how natural disasters affect patients with cancer in low-income and middle-income countries. The objective of the present study was to assess the impact of the 2015 Nepal earthquake on the admission of patients with cancer at a core medical institution in Kathmandu. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: We considered all 3520 cancer patient admissions to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, from 25 April 2013 to 24 April 2017 (2 years before and 2 years after the earthquake). OUTCOME MEASURES: The number of cancer patient admissions was calculated for each month. Using a negative binomial model, we estimated the incidence rate ratio (IRR) for admission nu..

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