Year: 2010 Source: QJM: An International Journal of Medicine, v.103, no.10, (October 2010), p.765-775 SIEC No: 20110079

This study described the characteristics & management of a national sample of individuals who died by intentional self-poisoning in hospital & assessed the quality of the care they received. Adults who had died by self-poisoning in English hospitals in 2005 were included; information was obtained on 121 cases. Expert assessors rated 41/104 as having received inadequate care; in the majority of these, this poor care was felt to have potentially contributed to the patient’s death. The challenge for clinical services is to ensure that optimal management strategies are implemented in practice. (28 refs.) JA

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