Deliberate self-poisoning in Oman
METHODS Data were extracted from the Accident and Emergency (A & E) records of patients treated at the A & E units in Muscat from 1993 to 1998. Data were obtained form the history, and clinical findings resulting form deliberate self-harm.
RESULTS During the 5-year study period, 123 persons presented to various hospitals in the Muscat area with injuries that resulted form deliberate self-harm. Most of these cases were women, students and unemployed. There was a high incidence of family, marital and psychiatric or social problems. The methods of self-harm were most often analgesics (such as paracetamol) and non-pharmaceutical chemicals.
CONCLUSIONS The rate of self-injurious behaviour is low in Oman, compared with other countries, including other Islamic countries. The data illustrate a rising rate and a tendency to ingest toxic doses of analgesics or non-pharmaceutical chemicals.
Document Type: Original Article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Behavioural Medicine, College of Medicine, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman, 2: Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, 3: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman
Publication date: 01 June 2002