Suicide rate following attendance at an accident and emergency department with deliberate self harm

J Accid Emerg Med. 1996 Mar;13(2):101-4. doi: 10.1136/emj.13.2.101.

Abstract

Objective: To determine the risk of suicide in patients attending an accident and emergency (A&E) department with deliberate self harm.

Methods: Information was obtained on suicides and open verdicts from the coroner's office and cross checked with computerised records in the A&E department.

Results: There was a trend to suicide among younger socially isolated males and older females.

Conclusions: There is a significant association between suicide and a previous attendance at A&E with deliberate self harm. Appropriate assessment of these patients is an efficient way of managing self harm.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Self-Injurious Behavior*
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*