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Table 4

Responses to questionnaire for patients presenting with overdoses in the three weeks before and the three weeks after broadcast of index Casualty episode. Values are numbers (percentages) of those who responded to question unless stated otherwise

3 weeks before broadcast;3 weeks after broadcast
3rd week2nd week1st weekAverage1st week2nd week3rd week
Demographics:
No of patients187190186194163127
Sex ratio (male:female)85:9769:119100:8093:9972:8747:77
Median (range) age in years31 (12-90)29 (13-83)31 (12-89)30 (13-70)30 (7-82)27.5 (13-82)
Method of overdose:
Pure paracetamol tablets*45 (24)73 (38)49 (26)62 (32)71 (44)48 (38)
Pure paracetamol or paracetamol compound*91 (50)102 (54)89 (48)91 (49)89 (55)65 (51)
Delay from paracetamol overdose to presentation (hours):
<661 (76)73 (75)65 (76)69 (78)56 (73)42 (70)
6-1211 (14)10 (10)8 (9)12 (14)8 (10)9 (15)
<128 (10)14 (14)12 (14)7 (8)13 (17)9 (15)
Overdose history:
Previous overdose93 (56)102 (58)79 (46)88 (50)70 (47)61 (52)
Previous paracetamol overdose50 (30)51 (29)34 (20)51 (29)40 (27)32 (27)
Television viewing habits:
Saw last episode of Casualty22 (15)23 (15)26 (17)
Saw index episode of Casualty32 (18)23 (18)14 (13)
General television viewing influenced choice of drug5 (3)6 (4)2 (1)7 (4)5 (4)6 (6)
Opinions among those who watched Casualty:(n=22)(n=23)(n=26)(n=32)(n=23)(n=14)
General television viewing influenced choice of drug1 (5)2 (9)1 (4)3 (10)4 (17)3 (21)
Index episode influenced decision to take overdose6 (20)2 (9)2 (14)
Index episode influenced choice of drug5 (17)3 (13)2 (14)
Index episode influenced speed of seeking help3 (10)1 (5)3 (21)
  • * Includes those who also took non-paracetamol drugs.