Year: 1987 Source: Psychological Medicine, v.17, no.3, (August 1987), p.751-761 SIEC No: 19871717

In a prospective treatment study, 80 overdose patients (not requiring intensive psychiatric intervention) received either brief outpatient counselling or were returned to the care of their general practitioners with advice on management. Outcome differed little between the 2 groups. However, 2 subgroups benefitted more from the counselling: women & patients with dyadic problems. Further work is needed to identify treatment approaches helpful to other groups who overdose, especially men.