Year: 2003 Source: Psychiatric Bulletin, v.27, (2003), p.57-60 SIEC No: 20050412

The aim of this article was to compare the assessment by community psychiatric nurses & junior psychiatric doctors of individuals following deliberate self-harm (DSH) &, in particular, to elicit differences in referral practices & perceptions of mental illness. The authors found that doctors were significantly more likely to refer patients for psychiatric follow-up as well as to perceive individuals as having a mental illness. The clinical implications are discussed. (16 refs)