• Characteristics of small areas with high rates of hospital-treated self-harm: deprived, fragmented and urban or just close to hospital? A national registry study.

      O'Farrell, I B; Corcoran, P; Perry, I J; Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Republic of Ireland. (Journal of epidemiology and community health, 2014-10-15)
      Previous research has shown an inconsistent relationship between the spatial distribution of hospital treated self-harm and area-level factors such as deprivation and social fragmentation. However, many of these studies have been confined to urban centres, with few focusing on rural settings and even fewer studies carried out at a national level. Furthermore, no previous research has investigated if travel time to hospital services can explain the area-level variation in the incidence of hospital treated self-harm.
    • The incidence of injury presentations to emergency departments: what we don't know can hurt us.

      Meaney, S; Williamson, E; Corcoran, P; Arensman, E; Perry, I J; National Suicide Research Foundation, 1 Perrott Avenue, College Road, Cork. Sarah.Meaney@nsrf.ie (Irish Medical Journal, 2012-01)
      The incidence of injury presentations to emergency departments in the Republic of Ireland has not been established. Data were collected relating to all injuries that presented on every eighth day in July-December 2005 to the three hospitals in Cork City. In total, 2,967 injury presentations were recorded. The total, male and female age-adjusted rate of injury presentations was 11,322, 13,933 and 8,550 per 100,000, respectively. The peak male rate was among 15-29 year-olds (26,735 per 100,000), 2.5 times the female rate in the same age range (10,719 per 100,000). The peak female rate was among over 85 year-olds (18,543 per 100,000). Place of injury, activity at time of injury and underlying substance/object causing injury were unspecified for 44%, 46% and 43% of recorded injuries. Improving the recording of injury data needs to be prioritised in Irish emergency departments ideally in conjunction with the development of a national injury surveillance system.