The effect of using NHS number as the unique identifier for patients who self-harm: a multi-centre descriptive study

@inproceedings{Cooper2007TheEO,
  title={The effect of using NHS number as the unique identifier for patients who self-harm: a multi-centre descriptive study},
  author={Jayne B Cooper and Elizabeth Murphy and Helen Bergen and Deborah K Casey and Keith Hawton and David W Owens and Rachael Lilley and Rachael Noble and Navneet Kapur},
  booktitle={Clinical practice and epidemiology in mental health : CP & EMH},
  year={2007}
}
BACKGROUND Processing personal data for research purposes and the requirement of anonymity has been the subject of recent debate. We aimed to determine the proportion of individuals who present to emergency departments with non-fatal suicidal behavior where an NHS number has been successfully traced and to investigate the characteristics of patients associated with non-capture. METHOD This was a descriptive study of people attending after self-harm using allocation of NHS numbers as main… CONTINUE READING

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