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Research Article

Excessive use of psychiatric services by suicidal patients.

Br Med J 1975; 3 doi: (Published 26 July 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;3:216
  1. D J Pallis,
  2. A M Langley,
  3. J Birtchnell


    The use of psychiatric services by patients with a suicidal history was examined to see if they placed a greater long-term burden on these services than other types of patient. Suicidal patients spent significantly more days in hospital and made more outpatient attendances; suicide attemptors in particular not only needed more emergency consultations but also spent more days in hospital. A more economical yet more effective treatment policy for the suicidal patient is needed.