Pattern and Trend of Deliberate Self-Harm in Western Nepal

Subba, Sonu H and Binu, Valsalakumari S and Menezes, Ritesh G and Kanchan, Tanuj and Arun, Mohanram and Patil, Rajkumar and Pant, Sadip and Saha, Archana and De, Asis and Rana, Manu S (2009) Pattern and Trend of Deliberate Self-Harm in Western Nepal. J Forensic Sci, 54 (3). pp. 704-707.

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Acts of deliberate self-harm (DSH) not only affect the people directly involved, but also have grave psychological and social impact on the family and community. In the present study, a cohort of 173 cases of DSH reported from April 2002 to March 2005 was retrospectively analyzed, by perusing the medicolegal register maintained by the Emergency Department at the Western Regional Hospital, Pokhara in the Western Development Region of Nepal. The data were entered and analyzed using SPSS Version 10.1. More than two-thirds of total cases were females. About 60% of cases were observed in the age group of 15–24 years. Poisoning (89.6%) was the most preferred method of deliberate selfharm. Organophosphate pesticides were consumed in nearly two-thirds of the poisoning cases. The majority of cases were reported during the months of May to July and had occurred during the last quarter of the day. More than a twofold increase was observed in the frequency of cases during the 3-year study period. The said observations were compared and contrasted with the available literature across the globe. The presentation is concluded by highlighting the limitations encountered in Nepal and the scope to overcome the same.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Forensic science, Deliberate self-harm, Attempted suicide, Nepal, Poisoning, Hanging, Pesticides, Organophosphates
Subjects: Departments at MU > Statistics
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2012 05:43
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2012 05:43

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