This study was conducted to quantify the importance of trauma and death due to interpersonal violence in rural Lesotho and to gain an insight into the profile of the assault victims, the circumstances of the violent incidents and the type of weapons wielded and wounds inflicted.
During a one-year period starting June 1988 information was recorded on all patients with assault trauma attending Quthing District Hospital.
The annual incidence rate of assault on men between 20 and 49, the most affected age group, was estimated to be as high as 30 per 1000.
The crude homicide rate could reliably be calculated as 44 per 100 000 per year.
The male to female sex ratio amongst the 506 identified victims was 1.7:1.
Mots-clés Pascal : Traumatisme, Homme, Violence, Epidémiologie, République Sud Africaine, Afrique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Trauma, Human, Violence, Epidemiology, South Africa, Africa
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 93-0416372
Code Inist : 002B18F. Création : 199406.