Mental health

Usefulness of regular contact

Question 3: Is contact (telephone contact, home visits, letter, contact card, brief intervention and contact) better than treatment as usual for persons with thoughts or plans of self-harm in the last month or acts of self-harm in the last year?

Management of self harm and suicide

  • Population: persons with thoughts, plans or acts of self-harm
  • Interventions: contact (i.e. different forms of contact)
  • Comparison: treatment as usual (no contact)
  • Outcomes:
    • suicide mortality
    • repetition of suicide attempts and acts of self-harm
    • thoughts or plans of self-harm, hopelessness
    • quality of life
    • functionality status.

Recommendation(s)

Regular contact (telephone contact, home visits, letter, contact card, brief intervention and contact) with the non-specialized health care provider is recommended for persons with acts of self-harm in the last year. The contact should be more frequent initially and less frequent as the individual improves. The contact should be more intensive or longer if needed, based on the condition.
Strength of recommendation: STRONG

Regular contact (telephone contact, home visits, letter, contact card, brief intervention and contact) with the non-specialized health care provider should be considered for persons who volunteer thoughts of self-harm, or who are identified as having plans of self-harm in the last month. The contact should be more frequent initially and less frequent as the individual improves. The contact should be more intensive or longer if needed, based on the condition.
Strength of recommendation: STANDARD

Evidence profile

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