Substance use and associated diseases among injured persons

Alcohol is a prominent factor in the need for emergency department care worldwide. Similarly, chronic health conditions are taken as risk factors for injury as well as the consequences of the injury. Very few studies have noted about diseases among injured persons. The aim of this study is to find out the use of alcohol among injured persons and to explore the associated diseases among injured persons. In this study 10 per cent of the households of Dharan, Nepal, i.e. 1398 households were selected as the sample size. A systematic random sampling was used to select the 10 per cent household from each ward. A pre-tested questionnaire was used to collect demographic information and information related to injuries to the persons suffered from injuries, alcohol intake prior to injury and whether they suffered from any chronic diseases or not. Total of 1388 households having 7063 persons were interviewed, where 299 (4.2 per cent) persons were found to be injured. Among injured persons 20.4 per cent of them used to take alcohol and 0.7 per cent were illicit drug consumers. It was noted that 5.4 per cent consumed alcohol prior to the injury. About 8 per cent injured persons were hypertensive and 7.7 per cent of them suffered from visual problems. About 10 per cent of the injured persons were suffering from physical disability. Consumption of alcohol is prevalent among injured persons in Dharan. Chronic health problems like hypertension, visual impairment and physical disability are common among the injured ones.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 278-83
  • Monograph Title: 20th International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety Conference Proceedings, 25-28 August 2013, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01495672
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 17 2013 10:12AM