Olive Bennewith

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OBJECTIVES To evaluate the impact of an intervention based in general practice on the incidence of repeat episodes of deliberate self harm. DESIGN Cluster randomised controlled trial in which 98 general practices were assigned in equal numbers to an intervention or a control group. The intervention comprised a letter from the general practitioner inviting(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe the characteristics and management of individuals attending hospital with self-harm and assess changes in management and service quality since an earlier study in 2001, a period in which national guidance has been available. DESIGN Observational study. SETTING A stratified random sample of 32 hospitals in England, UK. (More)
BACKGROUND Hanging is one of the most commonly used methods for suicide worldwide. In England and a number of other countries, its incidence has increased over the last 30 years. This review summarizes the published literature on suicide by hanging. The focus is on its epidemiology in England and on identifying potential means of prevention. METHODS We(More)
BACKGROUND Previous research into the epidemiology and management of self-harm has been largely based in centres with a special interest in this behaviour or focused on hospital admissions only. There are no national data on the characteristics and management of people presenting to hospital following self-harm. METHODS Data were collected from 8-week(More)
We assessed the effect of the installation of barriers on the Clifton suspension bridge, Bristol, England, in 1998 on local suicides by jumping. Deaths from this bridge halved from 8.2 per year (1994-1998) to 4.0 per year (1999-2003; P=0.008). Although 90% of the suicides from the bridge were by males, there was no evidence of an increase in male suicide by(More)
1 Rodin E. Vocational and educational problems with epileptic patients. Epilepsia 1972;13:149-60. 2 Jacoby A, Buck D, Baker G, McNamee P, Graham JS, Chadwick D. Uptake and costs of care for epilepsy: findings from a UK regional study. Epilepsia 1998;39:776-86. 3 Lisle JR, Waldron HA. Employees with epilepsy in the NHS. BMJ 1986;292:305-6. 4 Hart YM, Shorvon(More)
BACKGROUND Coroners' death certificates form the basis of suicide statistics in England and Wales. Recent increases in coroners' use of narrative verdicts may affect the reliability of local and national suicide rates. METHOD We used Ministry of Justice data on inquests held between 2008 and 2009 and Local Authority suicide data (2001-02 and 2008-09) to(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about the characteristics of people who die by jumping from different locations (e.g. bridges, buildings) and the factors that might influence the effectiveness of suicide prevention measures at such sites. METHODS We collected data on suicides by jumping (n = 134) between 1994 and 2003 in Bristol, UK, an area that includes the(More)
BACKGROUND Gunshot suicides account for 2.5% of suicides in England and Wales. This amounts to more than 100 deaths per year. Information about such deaths may assist in the development of suicide prevention strategies. METHOD We have examined coroners' inquest records for all gunshot suicides between 1st January 2000 and 31st December 2001 in 24(More)
BACKGROUND Concern exists that involving vulnerable individuals as participants in research into suicide and self-harm may cause distress and increase suicidal feelings. Actual understanding of participants' experiences is however limited, especially in relation to in-depth qualitative research. METHODS Data were collected from four separate studies(More)