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Table 1 Content of communications from secondary services to primary care services according to recommendations by Royal College of Psychiatrists (2004)

From: Communication between secondary and primary care following self-harm: are National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines being met?

Type of information Any communication, including SAFE liaison follow-up
(n = 58)
Emergency Department staff only
(n = 3)
Psychiatric services
(n = 29)
SAFE liaison follow-up letter
(n = 26)
Name/age/date of birth 58/58 3/3 29/29 26/26
Past psychiatric history 23/58 0/3 23/29 0/26
Past history of self-harm 8/58 0/3 8/29 0/26
Comment on mood 22/58 0/3 21/29 1/26
Reference to alcohol 22/58 0/3 11/29 11/26
Reference to drugs 3/58 0/3 3/29 0/26
Precipitating circumstances 26/58 0/3 22/29 4/26
Follow-up arrangements 57/58 3/3 29/29 25/26
  1. SAFE, Self-Harm, Assessment, Follow-up and Engagement.
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