Self Harm Patients

​Patterns of Self-Harm Among Patients Presenting to a Tertiary Hospital in Kenya Between 2018 and 2022: A Retrospective Study​

Project Period: March 2023 to September 2023

Principal Investigator - Lukoye Atwoli

Co-Investigators - Willie Njoroge, Dr Linnet Ongeri, Dr Catherine Gitau,  Dr Jasmit Shah​

Project Summary: Suicide is a complex phenomenon. Approximately more than 800 000 people die by suicide every year, and for each suicide there are at least 20 others attempting suicide. Intentional self-harm is often repeated and associated with risks for future suicide. Self-harm is described as an act with n​on-fatal outcome, in which an individual deliberately initiates a non-habitual behavior. However, there are no studies which have focused on patients with self-harm in Kenya. The aim of the study is to determine the common self-harm methods among and describe the socio-demographic and clinical profile of patients presenting with self-harm. The study will utilize a descriptive-retrospective study design of all inpatients and outpatients presented at the Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi from January 1st, 2018, to December 31st, 2022.