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Allan CL, Behrman S, Ebmeier KP. Primary care management of patients who self-harm. Practitioner 2012–; 256 (1751):19-22

Primary care management of patients who self-harm

22 May 2012Pais-up subscribers

With a 10.5% lifetime risk, self-reported self-harm is common in the community: 5.6% have made a suicide attempt. Self-harm without lethal intent is slightly less common at 4.9%. Following an episode of self-harm the GP can offer assessment and practical support, for example, monitoring type and quantity of medication prescribed, and signposting or referral where relevant. GPs are ideally placed to support patients and their families following self-harm through an understanding and nonjudgmental approach which aims to alleviate distress.

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