Year: 1987 Source: The International Journal of Social Psychiatry, v.33, no.4, (Winter 1987), p.312-315 SIEC No: 19902010

Conducted a retrospective case note study of 93 (33 males, 60 females, aged 10-84 yrs) cases of deliberate self-poisoning. Results showed a higher incidence of functional psychoses than other studies, due to an excess of depressive psychosis in females. The main finding was that 84% of patients referred for treatment either failed to attend or failed to complete the treatment. It is suggested that outpatient treatment is inappropriate management for most overdose patients. (13 refs.)