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Death risk other than from suicide is raised in self harm

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 01 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:499
  1. Cameron Stark, honorary senior lecturer (,
  2. David Hall, consultant psychiatrist,
  3. Anthony Pelosi, consultant psychiatrist
  1. Highlands and Islands Health Research Institute, Inverness IV2 3ED
  2. Dumfries and Galloway Primary Care NHS Trust, Crichton Royal Hospital, Dumfries DG1 4TG
  3. Lanarkshire PC NHS Trust, Strathclyde Hospital, Motherwell ML1 3BW

    EDITOR—Jenkins et al report on continuing suicide risk after deliberate self harm.1 They use their findings to argue that clinicians should pay close attention to continuing risk of suicide in people with a history of deliberate self harm. Their findings, in a cohort from the late 1970s, are similar to findings from a 1981 Scottish discharge cohort.2

    Using the Scottish linked dataset we followed up a cohort of …

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