Type

Journal Article

Authors

Paul Corcoran
Caroline Daly
Denise O'Hagan
Brendan Bonner
Ivan J. Perry
Ella Arensman
Eve Griffin

Subjects

Sociology

Topics
alcohol consumption drug overdose service provision self harm hospital departments national poisson regression northern ireland

The involvement of alcohol in hospital-treated self-harm and associated factors: findings from two national registries. (2016)

Abstract Alcohol is often involved in hospital-treated self-harm. Therefore it is important to establish the role of alcohol in self-harm as well as to identify associated factors, in order to best inform service provision. Data on self-harm presentations to hospital emergency departments in Ireland and Northern Ireland from April 2012 to December 2013 were analysed. We calculated the prevalence of alcohol consumption in self-harm. Using Poisson regression models, we identified the factors associated with having consumed alcohol at the time of a self-harm act. Alcohol was present in 43% of all self-harm acts, and more common in Northern Ireland (50 versus 37%). The factors associated with alcohol being involved were being male, aged between 25 and 64 years, and having engaged in a drug overdose or attempted drowning. Presentations made out-of-hours were more likely to have alcohol present and this was more pronounced for females. Patients with alcohol on board were also more likely to leave without having been seen by a clinician. This study has highlighted the prevalence of alcohol in self-harm presentations, and has identified factors associated with presentations involving alcohol. Appropriate out-of-hours services in emergency departments for self-harm presentations could reduce the proportion of presentations leaving without being seen by a clinician and facilitate improved outcomes for patients.
Collections Ireland -> University College Cork -> PubMed

Full list of authors on original publication

Paul Corcoran, Caroline Daly, Denise O'Hagan, Brendan Bonner, Ivan J. Perry, Ella Arensman, Eve Griffin

Experts in our system

1
Paul Corcoran
University College Cork
Total Publications: 67
 
2
Brendan Bonner
University College Cork
 
3
Ivan J Perry
University College Cork
Total Publications: 188
 
4
Ella Arensman
University College Cork
Total Publications: 49
 
5
Eve Griffin
University College Cork
Total Publications: 15