Shashi Karunaratne

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INTRODUCTION Deaths from suicide reached a peak in Sri Lanka in 1995. Several interventions reduced the suicide rate of 48.7 per 100,000 in 1995 to 23 per 100,000 in 2006, though it is still a major socioeconomic problem. All suicides have to be reported to the Inquirer of Sudden Death (ISD) or 'Coroner', according to the Criminal Procedure Code. METHOD(More)
Deaths from suicides reached a peak in Sri Lanka in 1995 to 48.7 per 100,000 population, the highest in the world. Several interventions reduced the rate to 20.6 per 100,000 in 2007 [1]. Self immolation (SI) as a method of suicide is reported from many developing countries [2,3]. In 2006, 3558 males and 946 females (total 4504) committed suicide in Sri(More)
OBJECTIVES To validate the Sinhala version of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) scale in screening for dementia. METHODS The MoCA translation and cultural adaptation was carried using a combined qualitative and quantitative approach. Sample size was calculated to detect a targeted sensitivity of 85% and a specificity of 85%. Sample consisted of 49(More)
Post partum depression (PPD) is a serious mental health condition that has severe acute and chronic effects on mothers, infants, their families and society. In contrary to general reported prevalence of 10-20% in western countries, PPD has been shown to affect up to 60% of mothers in some communities [1]. Despite having valid tools for screening, PPD is(More)
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