Profile of Hospital Admissions due to Self-Inflicted Harm in Los Angeles County from 2001 to 2010

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Abstract

We aimed to describe the demographic profile of self-inflicted harm (SIH) in Los Angeles County between 2001 and 2010 and to investigate trends over this 10-year period. We used the California Hospital Discharge Data to investigate all cases of hospital admission due to SIH, including suicide attempts and if they had a concurrent psychiatric diagnosis based on ICD-9 codes. African-Americans (AA) had the highest 10-year SIH admission rates. SIH admission rates remained steady throughout the 10-year study period. Median age of SIH was significantly lower in Latinos. Episodic mood disorders were the most common psychiatric comorbidity. The use of solid/liquid poisoning was the most common SIH method among all racial/ethnic groups. We found major disparities in SIH admissions across racial/ethnic subgroups. The importance of programs to identify, prevent, and treat SIH in these groups is discussed.

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