A specialist adolescent self-harm service

McAlaney, J; Fyfe, M; Dale, M; (2004) A specialist adolescent self-harm service. Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain), 18 (17). pp. 33-8. ISSN 0029-6570

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AIM: To investigate the scale of adolescent deliberate self-harm (DSH) presentations to accident and emergency (A&E) departments and minor injury units in Glasgow and to assess the success of the adolescent DSH service in accessing this group. METHOD: A retrospective case note analysis was carried out in collaboration with the Greater Glasgow Health Board, using a standardised proforma. The data collection focused on adolescents aged 12-17 years presenting with DSH during a ten-week period in 2002. The records of each presentation to A&E departments and minor injury units were examined, and follow-up medical records were obtained for those who had been admitted to a ward. RESULTS: There were 86 recorded presentations of adolescent DSH during the study period. No significant relationships between age, sex, form of self-harm or any other variable recorded were found. Over half of those presenting were admitted to a ward, the majority of whom were subsequently referred to the DSH service. Those treated solely in A&E tended not to be referred. CONCLUSION: The findings of the study show that there are a significant number of young people who self-harm, but that they receive no follow-up care.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Adolescent, Adolescent Psychiatry, organization & administration, Aftercare, organization & administration, Child, Emergency Services, Psychiatric, organization & administration, Female, Health Services Research, Humans, Male, Needs Assessment, Program Evaluation, Referral and Consultation, organization & administration, Retrospective Studies, Scotland, epidemiology, Self-Injurious Behavior, diagnosis, epidemiology, therapy, State Medicine, organization & administration
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
PubMed ID: 14735621
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/8779


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