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OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of impulsivity in patients who attempted suicide presenting at a tertiary care hospital, Karachi. STUDY DESIGN: Cross sectional study. STUDY SETTING: Study was led in the Psychiatry Department, Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Karachi. DURATION OF STUDY:Six month after approval of synopsis. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Data was prospectively collected from patients after taking verbal consent. Permission was taken from ethical review committee. 95 patients presenting to the Psychiatry Department who met the inclusion criteria were included. A brief history about suicide attempt and demographic data was taken from the patient and confirmed by an attendee. The researcher himself interviewed the patient in a conducive environment assuring the patient's confidentiality. The Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11) which consists of 30 self administered questions, marked out of 120 and rated from 0-4 was used to measure impulsivity. Demographic data was presented as simple descriptive statistics giving mean and standard deviation and qualitative variables was presented as frequency and percentages. Effect modifiers were controlled through the stratification of age, gender, marital status, educational status, socioeconomic status and occupational status to see the effect of these on the outcome variable. Post stratification chi square test was applied, taking p-value of ≤0.05 as significant.

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