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Compliance with NICE guidelines in the management of self-harm

  • Diane Mullins (a1), Siobhan MacHale (a2) and David Cotter (a2)
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Aims and method

To identify the provision of psychosocial assessments for all people attending an accident and emergency department in Ireland with a presentation indicative of self-harm over 12 months and to investigate whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for self-harm were met.

Results

A total of 834 attendances for self-harm were recorded. A psychosocial assessment was undertaken by a member of the liaison psychiatry team in 59% of attendances. Single male patients under 45 years of age represented 39% of those who did not receive a psychosocial assessment.

Clinical implications

Single men under the age of 45 years represent a vulnerable group in which levels of psychosocial assessment need to be optimised in order to meet the NICE guidelines for standards of care.

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Diane Mullins (dianetmullins@rcsi.ie.)
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Compliance with NICE guidelines in the management of self-harm

  • Diane Mullins (a1), Siobhan MacHale (a2) and David Cotter (a2)
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