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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 50 (2008) 8, 533 - 538

Short report

Continuity of care following suicide-related compulsory admission

S.C. de Vries, A.I. Wierdsma, C.L. Mulder

summary In connection with recent articles about guidelines for dealing with persons attempting suicide, we investigated the quality and continuity of aftercare provided for patients admitted to a mental institution because they have attempted to commit suicide. 25% of patients received no aftercare at all. For most of the others aftercare began within two weeks; 50% of these patients were still receiving care nine months later. Follow-up studies are needed so that we can find out whether the absence of aftercare can cause problems for patients admitted to an institution because they have threatened to commit suicide.

keywords aftercare, psychiatric case register, suicide