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Saberi Isfeedvajani M, Abolghasemi R, haji Y, Mousavi Heris A, Sedaghat Siyahkal M. Disease Patterns in Ramadan in Comparison with other Months of the Year. JRH 2015; 3 (1) :83-89
URL: http://jrh.mazums.ac.ir/article-1-71-en.html
Quran and Hadith Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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Background and Purpose: Special occasions and events can affect the frequency of admissions to emergency departments. Ramadan fasting is one of the most important events in Islamic communities. Medically, the majority of studies on this subject have evaluated a limited number of diseases and have focused on few laboratory or clinical changes during this month. The purpose of this study was to analyze the pattern of emergency admissions at Baqiyatallah Hospital and to compare the changes during this month with other months of the year during 2008-2012.

Materials and Methods: A questionnaire was designed with respect to variables recorded in patients' medical files available at the hospital emergency department. Systematically, medical files registered within the mentioned period were retrieved, and data were recorded in the questionnaire. For data analysis, SPSS version 18.0 was applied.

Results: Gastrointestinal problems were the main cause of emergency admissions in the month of Shaban. In Ramadan, the major causes were urogenital diseases, followed by upper limb problems and cardiac disorders. Also, in the month of Shawwal, pulmonary symptoms were the leading cause of emergency admissions. However, there was no significant difference in the major complaints of patients during admissions.

Conclusion: According to the findings, the pattern of hospital admissions during Ramadan did not differ from Shawwal or Shaban (even within ten-day periods during the month).

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