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Psychiatry Res. 2014 Jul 30;217(3):154-7. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.02.034. Epub 2014 Mar 6.

Post-acute crisis text messaging outreach for suicide prevention: a pilot study.

Author information

1
Brest Medical University Hospital at Bohars, Adult Psychiatry, Route de Ploudalmézeau, 29820 Bohars, France. Electronic address: sofian.berrouiguet@chu-brest.fr.
2
Lanestel, Technopole Iroise, 29200 Brest, France.
3
Brest Medical University Hospital at Bohars, Adult Psychiatry, Route de Ploudalmézeau, 29820 Bohars, France.
4
INSERM Clinical Investigation Center 1412, Brest Medical University Hospital, France.
5
Brest Medical University Hospital at Bohars, Adult Psychiatry, Route de Ploudalmézeau, 29820 Bohars, France; JE 2535, Brest Western University (UBO) EA 4686, 29200 Brest, France.

Abstract

Several post-suicide prevention strategies such as sending postcards or making phone calls have been used to keep in contact with suicide attempters. The continuity of care has been beneficial to the prevention of post-acute suicidal behaviors. The aim of the study was to evaluate the technical feasibility and acceptability of text messaging outreach in post-acute suicide attempters. Eighteen post-suicidal patients were included in a prospective, monocentric, open-label, 2 months pilot study. The text messages were sent from the intranet program that we specially developed for the study. Technical feasibility of this text message intervention was evaluated by the analysis of text message reports. Acceptability of such intervention was evaluated by a standardized phone interview. Our study showed that receiving text messages sent from an intranet program after a suicide attempt is technically possible. This post-crisis outreach program was accepted by the patients who found it to have a positive preventive impact. Text messaging outreach offers several advantages such as lower cost, and easier utilization compared to current post-acute care strategies. We suggest further randomized controlled trials in a large sample of suicidal patients to assess the efficacy of this novel outreach tool for prevention of post-acute suicide.

KEYWORDS:

Prevention and control; Recurrence; Suicide, attempted; Telephone; Tertiary prevention; Text messaging

PMID:
24736112
DOI:
10.1016/j.psychres.2014.02.034
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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