Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Br J Psychiatry. 2010 Jul;197(1):55-60. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.109.075754.

Postcard intervention for repeat self-harm: randomised controlled trial.

Author information

  • 1Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, 464 Congress Avenue, Suite 260, New Haven, CT 06519, USA. Annette.Beautrais@yale.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Self-harm and suicidal behaviour are common reasons for emergency department presentation. Those who present with self-harm have an elevated risk of further suicidal behaviour and death.

AIMS:

To examine whether a postcard intervention reduces self-harm re-presentations in individuals presenting to the emergency department.

METHOD:

Randomised controlled trial conducted in Christchurch, New Zealand. The intervention consisted of six postcards mailed during the 12 months following an index emergency department attendance for self-harm. Outcome measures were the proportion of participants re-presenting with self-harm and the number of re-presentations for self-harm in the 12 months following the initial presentation.

RESULTS:

After adjustment for prior self-harm, there were no significant differences between the control and intervention groups in the proportion of participants re-presenting with self-harm or in the total number of re-presentations for self-harm.

CONCLUSIONS:

The postcard intervention did not reduce further self-harm. Together with previous results this finding suggests that the postcard intervention may be effective only for selected subgroups.

Comment in

PMID:
20592434
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk