|Year : 2011 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 244-248
Intervention for suicide attempters: A randomized controlled study
Lakshmi Vijayakumar1, C Umamaheswari2, Zubaida Sultana Shujaath Ali3, P Devaraj4, K Kesavan5
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
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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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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