Deliberate self-harm in people aged 60 years and over: characteristics and outcome of a 20-year cohort.
BACKGROUND: Little information is available about older deliberate self-harm (DSH) patients and their outcome. METHODS: This study is a prospective investigation and follow-up of 730 consecutive patients (459 females and 271 males) aged 60 years and over who presented to a general hospital following DSH over a 20-year period, 1978-1997. Outcome has been examined in terms of repetition of DSH, and deaths by the end of 2000 identified through official death registers. RESULTS: DSH involved sel...Expand abstract
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