MHLU - Health Status Resource

Intentional Injuries

Intentional Injuries

Key Findings: 

Assault

  • From 2006 to 2012 the rate of hospitalizations for assault in Middlesex London was significantly higher than the provincial rate. However, in 2013 the rate in Middlesex-London was not statistically different from either Ontario or the Peer Group (Fig. 5.17).
  • Males in Middlesex-London experienced a much higher rate of hospitalizations due to assault than females (Fig. 5.16), and also had a higher rate than Ontario males (data not shown).
  • Rates of Emergency Department visits due to assault in Middlesex-London where higher than Ontario rates. Between 2008 and 2013 these rates declined significantly (data not shown).

The age group 20-44 had the highest hospitalization rates for assault. In this age group the rates were significantly higher in Middlesex-London compared to the province (Fig. 5.18). For Emergency Department visits due to assault injury the age group 20-44 had the highest rate followed by 0-19 year olds (data not shown).

Self-harm

  • The rate of hospitalizations for self-harm increased significantly between 2005 and 2013 in Middlesex-London, whereas Ontario and the Peer Group experienced a significant downward trend until 2011. The rate of hospitalizations for self-harm in Middlesex-London was significantly higher than the Ontario rate from 2007 and onward (Fig. 5.19).
  • An upward trend in the female hospitalization rate of self-harm was seen between 2005 and 2013, whereas the rate remained more stable among males. In 2013 the hospitalization rate of self-harm among females was more than twice as high as among males (Fig. 5.16).
  • Rates of Emergency Department visits due to self-harm in Middlesex-London were significantly higher than Ontario rates. After a downward trend between 2005 and 2011, rates have since increased significantly (data not shown).
  • Males had somewhat lower rates of Emergency Department visits due to self-harm than females, but the difference between sexes was not as big as for hospitalizations (data not shown).
  • The hospitalization rate for self-harm was highest in the 10-19 age group and decreased with increasing age. Middlesex-London rates were higher than the Ontario rates in the age groups 10-19 and 20-44, but not significantly higher in older age groups (Fig. 5.20). Rates of Emergency Department visits due to self-harm showed a similar decrease with increasing age (data not shown).
  • The rate of death due to self-harm was almost three times higher in males than in females (Fig. 5.21).
Ontario Public Health Standard: 

Population Health Assessment and Surveillance Protocol - Section 1, Subsections b-iii, vii

Prevention of Injury and Substance Misuse - Requirement #1