Year: 2011 Source: BMC Psychiatry, v.11, article no.1, (2011), 7pp. SIEC No: 20110042

In this article, the authors present the protocol for a study in which they will examine the effectiveness of the ALGOS algorithm, an intervention based in a decisional tree of contact type which aims to reduce the incidence of repeated suicide attempts during 6 months. This algorithm of case management comprises the 2 strategies of intervention that showed a significant reduction in the number of repeat attempts: telephone contact (ineffective in first-attempters) & crisis cards (effective only in first attempters). The ALGOS algorithm is an easily reproducible & inexpensive intervention that will supply guidelines for the assessment & management of a population who may have difficulty with treatment compliance. (17 refs.) JA