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Volume 26

October - December 2010

Number  4


 

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Analysis of Patients Followed-up at the Emergency
Internal Medicine Outpatients Department of Gulhane
Military Hospital in 2003 for Suicide Attempt

Mehmet Cetin 1, Yusuf Ziya Turk 2, Mustafa Ozer 3,
Turker Turker 4, Bilal Bakir5

ABSTRACT

Objective: To retrospectively evaluate the suicide attempt cases monitored and treated at a training hospitals emergency medicine department internal medicine clinic.

Methodology: A total of 151 cases were monitored and treated for a suicide attempt between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2003. Cases were evaluated for sociodemographic characteristics, diagnoses made, suicide method used and time of suicide attempts and for significant relations between these variables.

Results: Of the study group, 59.6% were male, 70.2% were single, 60.3% were retired or unemployed, 51.75% were privates (Non Professional Soldiers) and 36.4% were high school graduates. The mean age was 27.36 11 for the females and 22.27 4.56 for the males. No diagnosis was made in 54.3% of the cases while 25.2% had depressive disorder and 14.6% had antisocial personality disorder. Antidepressants made up 27.8% and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs 21.2% of the drugs taken for suicide.

Conclusion: Suicide is an increasing health problem in Turkey. Establishing a suicide surveillance program based on technology provides collection of detailed and standardized data. Analyzing this data will improve effective suicide prevention efforts.

KEY WORDS: Suicide, Military Hospital, Emergency Service.

Pak J Med Sci    October - December 2010    Vol. 26 No. 4    842-846

How to cite this article:

Cetin M, Turk YZ, Ozer M, Turker T, Bakir B. Analysis of Patients Followed-up at the Emergency Internal Medicine Outpatients Department of Gulhane Military Hospital in 2003 for Suicide Attempt. Pak J Med Sci 2010;26(4):842-846


1. Mehmet Cetin, MD,
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Military Medical Health Services.
2. Yusuf Ziya Turk, PhD, MD,
Department of Military Medical Health Services.
3. Mustafa Ozer, MD,
Associate Professor, Dept. of Military Medical Health Services.
4. Turker Turker, MD,
Department of Public Health.
5. Bilal Bakir, MD,
Associate Professor, Dept. of Public Health.
1-5: Gulhane Military Medical Academy,
Etlik, Ankara 06018, Turkey.

Correspondence:

Mehmet Cetin,
Assistant Professor,
E-mail: mcetin@gata.edu.tr, mcetin6457@gmail.com

* Received for Publication: February 15, 2010

* First Revision Received: July 14, 2010

* Second Revision Received: July 20, 2010

* Final Revision Accepted: July 22, 2010



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