Self-harm in adults: A randomised controlled trial of nurse-led case management versus routine care only

Tom Clarke, Paul Baker, Chris J. Watts, K. Williams, Roger A. Feldman, Lorraine Sherr

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Background: The Accident & Emergency Department is an important gateway to psychiatric nursing services for patients presenting following deliberate self-harm. To date, there are few systematic assessments of such services. Aims: To compare routine management enhanced by nurse-led case management with routine management only. Method: Randomised controlled trial. Results: It was estimated that 20% of the study population were likely to be readmitted to A&E within 12 months of the index episode following a subsequent episode of self-harm. A power analysis determined that to show a statistically significant 50% reduction in this rate a minimum sample size of 438 was required. Four hundred and sixty-seven patients were identified over a 12-month period: 220 were allocated to the intervention group and 247 to the comparison group. One hundred and seven (49%) of eligible patients received the intervention being evaluated. Overall, readmission rates did not vary between the intervention group (9%) and the comparison group (10%). Conclusions: The intervention did not result in a significant reduction in the readmission rate overall. Declaration of interest: Funded by the participating health authority.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)167-176
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Mental Health
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes


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