Year: 1979 Source: British Journal of Psychiatry, v.134, (April 1979), p.335-342 SIEC No: 19820607

60 parasuicide inpatients were assessed by social workers prior to routine assessment by 5 psychiatrists, and the 2 sets of ratings were compared and examined against further information obtained by a research psychiatrist. Results suggest that social workers can safely and reliably assess these patients but that they are more cautious.