Year: 1987 Source: British Journal of Psychiatry, v.150, (February 1987), p.246-247 SIEC No: 19880092

Explored potential predictors of nonattendance of 86 adult deliberate self-harm (DSH) patients who were given outpatient appointments at 1 week & 1 month following the DSH episode. At 1 week, attendance was 40%; at 4 weeks, it was 31%. No differences in psychiatric diagnosis, suicide intent, or demographic variables were found between those who attended & those who did not. Findings suggest that a different approach to the management of post-DSH patients may be required.