Messages from Manchester: pilot randomised controlled trial following self-harm

Navneet Kapur, David Gunnell, Keith Hawton, Sarmad Nadeem, Samer Khalil, Damien Longson, Rita Jordan, Iain Donaldson, Richard Emsley, Jayne Cooper

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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%).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-4
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

Structured keywords

  • SASH


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


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