Circumstances and causes of death of compulsive hoarders

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Date Commenced:
2015
Expected Date of Completion:
2016
Project Supporters:

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and the NSW Health Department

Project Members: 
Project Main Description: 

Compulsive hoarding is a debilitating disorder. Little is known of the substance use of hoarders, or the circumstances in which they die.

Project Collaborators: External: 

Professor Johan Duflou
Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney

Rationale: 

Compulsive hoarding is a debilitating disorder. Little is known of the substance use of hoarders, or the circumstances in which they die.

Aims: 

To determine the circumstances and toxicology of cases of sudden or unnatural deaths of compulsive hoarders.

Design and Method: 

Case series. All cases of compulsive hoarders presenting to the Department of Forensic Medicine.   

Progress/Update: 

Data collection is complete.

Output: 

Darke, S. & Duflou, J. (In press) Characteristics, circumstances and pathology of sudden or unnatural deaths of cases with evidence of pathological hoarding. Journal of Legal and Forensic Medicine.

Benefits: 

Novel data on mortality of compulsive hoarders. 

Project Research Area: 
Project Status: 
Completed