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GPs may help people at risk of self-harm by asking open questions and acknowledging distress

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 25 October 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2380

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  1. Helen Saul, editor in chief,
  2. Deniz Gursul, research dissemination officer
  1. NIHR Central Commissioning Facility, Twickenham, UK
  1. Correspondence to H Saul helen.saul{at}

The study

Ford J, Thomas F, Byng R, McCabe R. Asking about self-harm and suicide in primary care: moral and practical dimensions. Patient Educ Couns 2020;104:4.

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