The epidemiology of parasuicide at RK Khan Hospital.
It was suspected that about 2 cases of parasuicide were admitted daily to RK Khan Hospital and this suspicion was confirmed by this study. Most of the cases were female, and in the 15 - 24 year age group. Patients were admitted mainly in the evenings and on Sundays. The majority earned less than R500 per month and were mainly manual-skilled and semi-skilled workers predominantly from Chatsworth. Non-violent means were the common mode of parasuicide, the causes being family, marital and romantic problems. The hospital social worker dealt with the cases and referred patients to relevant organisations outside the hospital for management. Certain patients were referred to the Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic at the Hospital as there was no resident psychiatrist.