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Psychiatric telephone contact following emergency department discharge reduces suicide re-attempts in people originally admitted for attempted suicide

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Q Does telephone contact at 1 or 3 months after discharge from an emergency department reduce further suicide attempts or death by suicide in people originally admitted for attempted suicide by self-poisoning?


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Randomised controlled trial.

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Single blind (assessors blinded)

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Twelve months.

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Thirteen emergency departments (EDs), France; time frame not reported.

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605 adults (18–65 years) discharged from ED following attempted suicide by drug overdose/poisoning. Exclusion criteria: homeless people; people addicted to illegal drugs.

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Telephone contact at 1 or 3 months following ED discharge, or no telephone contact. Calls …

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  • For correspondence: Guillaume Vaiva, University Hospital of Lille, School of Medicine, Lille, France; gvaiva{at}

  • Source of funding: Regional Hospitalisation Agency.

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