Deborah Casey

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BACKGROUND Self-harm is a major healthcare problem in the United Kingdom, but monitoring of hospital presentations has largely been done separately in single centres. Multicentre monitoring of self-harm has been established as a result of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England. METHOD Data on self-harm presentations to general hospitals in(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about self-harm in the armed forces. AIMS To investigate the characteristics of armed forces personnel presenting to a general hospital following self-harm and compare these with matched controls who had self-harmed. METHOD Investigation of armed forces personnel presenting to hospital between 1989 and 2003 following self-harm(More)
BACKGROUND Quantitative research about self-harm largely deals with self-poisoning, despite the high incidence of self-injury. AIMS We compared patterns of hospital care and repetition associated with self-poisoning and self-injury. METHOD Demographic and clinical data were collected in a multicentre, prospective cohort study, involving 10,498(More)
BACKGROUND International studies report high rates of deliberate self-harm (DSH) and suicide in the homeless. Little is known about DSH among homeless people in the UK and their subsequent risk of death from suicide and non-suicidal causes. METHOD We have carried out a study of no fixed abode (NFA) patients using data collected through the Oxford(More)
BACKGROUND Deliberate self-harm (DSH; intentional self-poisoning or self-injury) is a major problem among young people and has been identified as one of the key mental health problems affecting students. METHOD Data on DSH presentations to the general hospital in Oxford by Oxford University students were analysed for the 12-year period from 1993 to 2005.(More)
BACKGROUND Self-harm is a major healthcare problem and changes in its prevalence and characteristics can have important implications for clinical services, treatment and prevention. METHODS We analysed data on all self-harm presentations to the general hospital in Oxford between 1996 and 2010 using the Oxford Monitoring System for Self-harm. We(More)
Suicide by hanging and self-strangulation ('hanging') has become more common. We studied people who presented to hospital during a 28-year study period after using these methods for non-fatal self-harm. Hanging increased greatly in frequency during this time. The male:female ratio was nearly 3:1. Females were distinguished from males by far higher rates of(More)
BACKGROUND Problems relating to alcohol use are very common among deliberate self-harm (DSH) patients, and alcohol abuse increases the risk of both DSH and suicide. In the UK, per capita consumption of alcohol has risen by 50% since 1970. The proportion of women (but not men) drinking in excess of government-recommended limits has also increased. We(More)
PURPOSE To determine whether rates of suicide and self-harm in university students differ from those in other young people. METHODS We obtained information on Oxford University students who died by suicide or presented to hospital following deliberate self-harm (DSH) between 1976 and 2006 from official records and a General Hospital monitoring system in(More)
BACKGROUND Processing personal data for research purposes and the requirement of anonymity has been the subject of recent debate. We aimed to determine the proportion of individuals who present to emergency departments with non-fatal suicidal behavior where an NHS number has been successfully traced and to investigate the characteristics of patients(More)