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Studies of therapeutic contact following self-harm have had mixed results. We carried out a pilot randomised controlled trial comparing an intervention (information leaflet listing sources of help, two telephone calls soon after presentation and a series of letters over 12 months) to usual treatment alone in 66 adults presenting with self-harm to two hospitals. We found that our methodology was feasible, recruitment was challenging and repeat self-harm was more common in those who received the intervention (12-month repetition rate 34.4% v. 12.5%).

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Journal article


Br J Psychiatry

Publication Date





73 - 74


Adult, Female, Focus Groups, Humans, Male, Pilot Projects, Qualitative Research, Self-Injurious Behavior, Suicide, Attempted, Treatment Outcome