Approximately 500 000 patients in the United States present to emergency departments (EDs) annually after deliberate self-harm1 and are at high short-term risk for repeat self-harm2 and suicide.3 Improving their emergency care is a key focus of national strategies to reduce the suicide rate,4 yet little is known about ED management of deliberate self-harm. We provide the first national estimates, to our knowledge, of how frequently evidence-based management practices are used by EDs when treating patients who present for self-harm.
Bridge JA, Olfson M, Caterino JM, et al. Emergency Department Management of Deliberate Self-harm: A National Survey. JAMA Psychiatry. 2019;76(6):652–654. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.0063
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