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The effect of using NHS number as the unique identifier for patients who self-harm: a multi-centre descriptive study.

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BACKGROUND: Processing personal data for research purposes and the requirement of anonymity has been the subject of recent debate. We aimed to determine the proportion of individuals who present to emergency departments with non-fatal suicidal behavior where an NHS number has been successfully traced and to investigate the characteristics of patients associated with non-capture. METHOD: This was a descriptive study of people attending after self-harm using allocation of NHS numbers as main o...

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10.1186/1745-0179-3-16

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Journal:
Clinical practice and epidemiology in mental health : CP and EMH
Volume:
3
Issue:
1
Pages:
16
Publication date:
2007
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EISSN:
1745-0179
ISSN:
1745-0179
URN:
uuid:32fe4b1c-46e5-4587-b9f3-7233f2f43705
Source identifiers:
168474
Local pid:
pubs:168474
Language:
English

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