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Trends and characteristics in barbiturate deaths Australia 2000-2019: A national retrospective mortality study

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Date Commenced:
2019
Expected Date of Completion:
2020
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Project Members: 
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Research Fellow
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Senior Lecturer
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Research Officer
Project Main Description: 

Retrospective study of all cases in Australia in which barbiturates use was a mechanism contributory to death.

Project Collaborators: External: 

Professor Johan Duflou
University of Sydney

Dr Fiona Shand
Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales

Rationale: 

Increasing concerns regarding the harms of barbiturates.

Aims: 

The study aimed to:

  1. Determine the characteristics, and circumstances of death, of all recorded cases of barbiturate-related death in Australia; 
  2. Determine the toxicology of such deaths; and
  3. Determine the major organ pathology of cases.
Design and Method: 

Case series.

Progress/Update: 

Data collection completed.

Benefits: 

This paper presents the first national clinical profile of death related to the use of barbiturates.

Project Research Area: 
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Project Status: 
Current