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Q How has hospitalisation of young people with intentional self-inflicted injuries changed from 1990 to 2000?
Cross sectional time series.
Community hospitals in the United States; 1990 and 2000.
People aged 5–20 years admitted urgently or as an emergency with a discharge diagnosis of intentional self-inflicted injury (ICD-9-CM: E950.0–E959.9). These data were drawn from 882 community hospitals in 1990 (6 268 515 discharge records) and 994 community hospitals in 2000 (7 450 992 discharge records). The hospitals were those in the Health Care Costs and Utilisation Project’s 20% stratified sample of community hospitals in the United States.
Type of injury, mean length of stay, discharge status, primary payer, and primary mental disorder diagnoses.
Trends in: rates of admission per 100 000 youth population, mean length of stay, types of self-injury, prevalence of comorbid disorders.
Follow up period:
The overall rate of admission for self injurious behaviour did not change from 1990 to 2000 (49/10 …
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