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Long term risk of death in people who have self-harmed is higher than in the general population

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Q Do deliberate self-harm patients have a greater risk of death when compared with the general population?


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Cohort study.

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General hospital in Oxford, UK; enrolment January 1978 to December 1997, follow up to December 2000.

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12 931 people presenting to the hospital with deliberate self-harm (identified using the Oxford Monitoring System for Attempted Suicide), of whom 11 583 (89.6%) could be followed up. Outcomes for this population were compared with those for the age and gender matched general population of England and Wales using data from the Office of …

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  • For correspondence: Professor Keith Hawton, Centre for Suicide Research, University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, Headington, Oxford OX3 7JX, UK; keith.hawton{at}

  • Source of funding: National Health Service Executive for England.

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