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Int J Gen Med. 2012;5:547-52. doi: 10.2147/IJGM.S31429. Epub 2012 Jun 20.

Domestic injuries and suicide among women of reproductive age in Iran.

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Women's Reproductive Health Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The aim of this study was to map out some epidemiological aspects of intentional and unintentional injuries among Iranian women of reproductive age using a national registry.

METHODS:

Injury data were taken from a national-based injury surveillance system over the period 2000-2002. The study population comprised 31.5% of the population of Iran.

RESULTS:

Of all the 307,064 domestic injuries reported during the years 2000-2002, about 152,600 cases (49.7%) involved women. About half of these women (76,474) were in the reproductive age group. The majority (42.7%) of injuries among women of reproductive age were burn wounds followed by lacerations in 32.6%. Eighty-five percent of suicide cases were poisonings, followed by 11% for suicides by burning. However, 45.2% of burn suicides were fatal, compared with a 0.89% fatality rate for poisonings. Of all female suicide victims, 1029 died, 174 victims became disabled, while the remainder improved or were undergoing therapy when reported.

CONCLUSION:

Injuries, especially burns, are a major public health problem for women of reproductive age.

KEYWORDS:

accidents; burns; domestic injuries; epidemiology; falls; home safety; injuries; poisonings; women’s health

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