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Audit of a multi-disciplinary assessment unit for deliberate self-harm patients in a general hospital

Author(s): Catalan, J., Booth, J.

Journal/Book: Arch Suicide Res. 1996; 2: Spuiboulevard 50, PO Box 17, 3300 AA Dordrecht, Netherlands. Kluwer Academic Publ. 207-212.

Abstract: This paper describes a joint departmental audit of a multidisciplinary assessment unit for patients with deliberate self-harm. Our results indicated a significant gap in service delivery for this client group. Recommendations made include improvement of teaching for casualty officers, closer liaison with Accident & Emergency on-call psychiatrists and substance misuse services. With the recent U.K. Royal College of Psychiatrists consensus statement on the general hospital management of adult deliberate self-harm patients, the need for future cross-departmental audit is emphasised.

Note: Article Pang AHT, Prince Wales Hosp, Dept Psychiat, 11TH Floor, Clin Sci Bldg, Shatin, Nt, HONG KONG

Keyword(s): audit; deliberate; self-harm; general hospital; multi-disciplinary; INCREASING SUICIDE RATES; ACCIDENT

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