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Repetition rate after non-fatal self-poisoning in Sri-Lanka: a one year prospective longitudinal study

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T Rajapakse ,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya and National Institute for Mental Health Research, Australian National University, LK
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K M Griffiths,

National Institute for Mental Health Research, Australian National University, AU
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S Cotton,

Centre for Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne, AU
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H Christensen

Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales, Australia, AU
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Abstract

Introduction Attempted or non-fatal self-poisoning is an important public health problem in Sri Lanka. Current evidence from Sri Lanka suggests that this phenomenon is more common among young people, and females, and is associated with a recent interpersonal conflict. International studies indicate that recent non-fatal selfharm is associated with an increased risk of repetition and completed suicide. Prospective follow-up data regarding rates of repetition of self-harm in Sri Lanka is limited.

Objectives The aim of this study was to describe the rate of repetition, and rate of suicidal ideation, at one-year follow up among those who have survived an act of selfpoisoning.

Methods Participants who presented to the toxicology unit, Teaching Hospital Peradeniya over a 14-month period, for medical management of non-fatal self-poisoning, were contacted by telephone one-year following the initial presentation.

Results A total of 949 persons were included in the study, of which 35.3% (n=335) were contactable at one-year follow-up. The rate of repetition of self-harm after one year was 2.5% and 2.7% of participants had suicidal ideation at one-year follow-up.

Conclusions The rate of repetition of self-harm in Sri Lanka is lower than the rate reported in the West (15%).  

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v61i4.8380
How to Cite: Rajapakse, T. et al., (2016). Repetition rate after non-fatal self-poisoning in Sri-Lanka: a one year prospective longitudinal study. Ceylon Medical Journal. 61(4), pp.154–158. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v61i4.8380
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Published on 30 Dec 2016.
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