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Suicide Life Threat Behav. 1992 Fall;22(3):303-14.

Intensive follow-up does not decrease the risk of repeat suicide attempts.

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  • 1Department of Community Health, Saint-Luc Hospital, MontrĂ©al, Canada.


We carried out a randomized controlled trial to determine whether an intensive intervention after a suicide attempt could decrease by half the risk of a repeat attempt in the following two years. After initial assessment and randomization, experimental subjects attended 18 therapy appointments over one year, including one home visit, and measures to improve attendance. Control subjects received the usual care. Of 63 experimental subjects, 35% made a repeat attempt, and so did 30% of 63 control subjects. The study had a 99% power to detect the desired decrease of risk (30% to 15%). Clearly, the intervention did not achieve its objective.

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