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Characteristics of suicides in recent contact with NHS Direct

Characteristics of suicides in recent contact with NHS Direct
Characteristics of suicides in recent contact with NHS Direct
Aims and Method: NHS Direct is increasingly used as a first source of health advice and information, receiving an average of 600 000 calls per month. We performed an audit of suicides in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight over a 2-year period to determine the characteristics of those who died by suicide and had been in recent contact with NHS Direct.
Results: Of 278 suicides resident in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, 30 (10.8%) had contacted NHS Direct in the preceding year. Of the 30 callers within the preceding year, 12 (40%) made multiple calls, 7 (23%) called within 2 weeks of death, 9 (30%) callers reported mental health problems, 17 (57%) reported physical problems, and 4 (13%) just requested information. Eighteen (60%) calls resulted in urgent medical referral, 17 to a general practitioner and 1 to accident and emergency.
Clinical implications: The high incidence of physical, often pain-related, problems merits further investigation.
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Bessant, Michael
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King, Elizabeth A.
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Peveler, Robert
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Bessant, Michael
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King, Elizabeth A.
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Peveler, Robert
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Bessant, Michael, King, Elizabeth A. and Peveler, Robert (2008) Characteristics of suicides in recent contact with NHS Direct. The Psychiatrist, 32 (3), 92-95. (doi:10.1192/pb.bp.106.013268).

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Abstract

Aims and Method: NHS Direct is increasingly used as a first source of health advice and information, receiving an average of 600 000 calls per month. We performed an audit of suicides in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight over a 2-year period to determine the characteristics of those who died by suicide and had been in recent contact with NHS Direct.
Results: Of 278 suicides resident in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, 30 (10.8%) had contacted NHS Direct in the preceding year. Of the 30 callers within the preceding year, 12 (40%) made multiple calls, 7 (23%) called within 2 weeks of death, 9 (30%) callers reported mental health problems, 17 (57%) reported physical problems, and 4 (13%) just requested information. Eighteen (60%) calls resulted in urgent medical referral, 17 to a general practitioner and 1 to accident and emergency.
Clinical implications: The high incidence of physical, often pain-related, problems merits further investigation.

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Published date: 2008

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Local EPrints ID: 70092
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/70092
PURE UUID: 78f3c77f-adc7-4457-9568-c1852c02d809
ORCID for Robert Peveler: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5596-9394

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Date deposited: 04 Mar 2010
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 01:25

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