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Most common principal diagnoses assigned to Australian emergency department presentations involving alcohol use: a multi‐centre study

Miller, Peter, Vakidis, Thea, Taylor, Nicholas, Baker, Tim, Stella, Julian, Egerton‐Warburton, Diana, Hyder, Shannon, Staiger, Petra, Bowe, Steven J., Shepherd, Jonathan ORCID:, Zordan, Rachel, Walby, Andrew, Jones, Martyn Lloyd, Caldicott, David, Barker, Daniel, Hall, Michael, Doran, Christopher M., Ezard, Nadine, Preisz, Paul, Havard, Alys, Shakeshaft, Anthony, Akhlaghi, Hamed, Kloot, Kate, Lowry, Nicole and Bumpstead, Suzanne 2022. Most common principal diagnoses assigned to Australian emergency department presentations involving alcohol use: a multi‐centre study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 46 (6) , pp. 903-909. 10.1111/1753-6405.13303

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Abstract: Objectives: Alcohol is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in Australia and the consequences of alcohol consumption have enormous personal and social impacts. This study aimed to describe the principal diagnoses of emergency department (ED) presentations involving alcohol use in the previous 12 hours at eight hospitals in Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory, Australia. Methods: Twelve months’ data (1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019) were collected from eight EDs, including demographics, ICD‐10 codes, hospital location and self‐reported drinking in the preceding 12 hours. The ten most common ICD‐10 discharge codes were analysed based on age, sex and hospital geographic area. Results: ICD codes pertaining to mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use accounted for the highest proportion in most EDs. Suicide ideation/attempt was in the five highest ICD codes for all but one hospital. It was the second most common alcohol‐related presentation for both males and females. Conclusions: Alcohol plays a major role in a range of presentations, especially in relation to mental health and suicide. Implications for public health: The collection of alcohol involvement in ED presentations represents a major step forward in informing the community about the burden of alcohol on their health resources.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Crime and Security Research Institute (CSURI)
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Publisher: Wiley Open Access
ISSN: 1326-0200
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 September 2022
Date of Acceptance: 1 July 2022
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2023 12:08

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