Deliberate self-harm and substance dependence: The management of patients seen in the general hospital
The aim of this study was to examine management decisions made at the time of assessment of an episode of deliberate self-harm seen in the general hospital and examine the extent, of referral to a specialized addiction unit. Factors involved in making a clinical decision regarding the appropriate management of self-harm cases when alcohol factors were identified are reviewed. Simply referring to a specialized addiction unit was found to be an unsatisfactory method of providing a comprehensive response to the problem of substance misuse and deliberate self-harm. It is suggested that services should be developed using active posthospital discharge community follow-up. Motivational interviewing used in such a setting may increase the number of patients who will go on to accept specialist care.
KeywordsAlcohol Dependence Drug Dependence Substance Dependence Problem Drinker Substance Misuse
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