Year: 2005 Source: BMJ, v.330, no.7488, (19 February 2005), p.394-395 SIEC No: 20050146

The authors investigated the predictive value of risk assessments after an episode of self harm & compared assessments made by emergency department staff with those made by psychiatric staff. They found that emergency staff may be more cautious in their assessments than specialist staff, rating more people as at high risk of repetition. They also determined that exclusively high risk approaches to intervention are unlikely to succeed because of the large numbers of repeaters in the low & moderate risk groups. (5 refs)