Patterns of hospital transfer for self-poisoned patients in rural Sri Lanka: implications for estimating the incidence of self-poisoning in the developing world.

@article{Eddleston2006PatternsOH,
  title={Patterns of hospital transfer for self-poisoned patients in rural Sri Lanka: implications for estimating the incidence of self-poisoning in the developing world.},
  author={Michael Eddleston and Khaskil Sudarshan and Manjula Senthilkumaran and Kavita Reginald and Lakshman Karalliedde and Lalith Senarathna and Dhammika de Silva and M H Rezvi Sheriff and Nicholas Alan Buckley and D Gunnell},
  journal={Bulletin of the World Health Organization},
  year={2006},
  volume={84 4},
  pages={276-82}
}
OBJECTIVES Most data on self-poisoning in rural Asia have come from secondary hospitals. We aimed to: assess how transfers from primary to secondary hospitals affected estimates of case-fatality ratio (CFR); determine whether there was referral bias according to gender or poison; and estimate the annual incidence of all self-poisoning, and of fatal self-poisoning, in a rural developing-world setting. METHODS Self-poisoning patients admitted to Anuradhapura General Hospital, Sri Lanka, were… CONTINUE READING
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