Can the Edinburgh Risk of Repetition Scale predict repetition of deliberate self-poisoning in an Australian clinical setting?

Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2002 Fall;32(3):230-9. doi: 10.1521/suli.


This study tested the ability of the Edinburgh Risk of Repetition Scale (ERRS) to identify patients at high risk for repeat deliberate self-poisoning (DSP). Consecutive DSP patients (N= 1,317) over a 3-year period were followed-up for 12 months. A statistically significant relationship between ERRS scores and repetition was observed; however, sensitivity and specificity were low. Logistic regression analysis revealed only "previous parasuicide" contributed significantly to repetition. The ERRS had limited value in identifying patients at high risk of repeat DSP in this clinical population.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • New South Wales
  • Poisoning / mortality
  • Poisoning / prevention & control*
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Psychological Tests*
  • Recurrence
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Suicide Prevention*
  • Suicide, Attempted
  • Survival Rate