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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 244-248

Intervention for suicide attempters: A randomized controlled study

1 Department of Psychiatry, Voluntary Health Service, SNEHA, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Kent and Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust, Kent, United Kingdom
3 Vellore Institute of Technology, Katpadi, Vellore, India
4 Raju Hospitals, Chennai, India
5 TANSACS, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Lakshmi Vijayakumar
25, Ranjith Road, Kotturpuram, Chennai - 600 085, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.86817

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Aim: To determine whether brief intervention and contact (BIC) is effective in reducing subsequent suicidal behavior among suicide attempters. Materials and Methods: Suicide attempters (n=680) admitted in a general hospital in Chennai were randomly allocated to treatment as usual and BIC whose components include brief intervention at the time of discharge and contact for 18 months. Results: Completed suicide was significantly lower in the BIC group, OR 35.4 (CI 18.4 - 78.2) as also attempted suicide, OR 17.3 (CI 10.8 - 29.7). Conclusions: This low-cost intervention which can be readily implemented may be an important suicide prevention strategy in healthcare settings in India.



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