a1 Departments of Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine and Public Health, University Hospital Gent and the Association for Mental Health, Gent, Belgium
The failure to comply with referral for out-patient after-care is a well-documented problem among attempted suicide patients. The present study aimed at the investigation of an experimental referral procedure by means of a randomized controlled study. Non-compliant patients in the experimental group were visited in their homes by a community nurse in order to assess reasons for non-compliance and to motivate patients to comply with referral. One year after their suicide attempt patients were visited in their homes in order to assess repetition of suicidal behaviour. Uni-and multi-variate analyses showed a significant beneficial effect of the experimental procedure on compliance with referral. A near-significant effect of the experimental procedure on the rate of repetition of suicidal behaviour was found.
c1 Address for correspondence: Dr C. van Heeringen, Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital, De Pintelaan 185, 9000 Gent, Belgium.