Improving Prediction and Risk Assessment of Suicide and Self-Harm (IMPRESS)

What is the IMPRESS study?

This study is part of the HRB funded 5-year research programme. The study employs an infrastructure that has been established as part of the SSIS-ACE study in the Cork hospitals for developing procedures to approach consecutive patients with high risk self-harm (high lethality self-harm presentations and low lethality self-harm presentations with high level of suicide intent) and those who have engaged in five or more previous acts of self-harm (i.e. people with frequent self-harm repetition).

Each patient who  fulfils the inclusion criteria will be invited to take part in a baseline interview shortly after the index self-harm presentation and a follow-up interview six months after the index presentation.

Project Aims

  • To examine risk factors associated with repeated self-harm among patients with frequent self-harm repetition and patients with high risk self-harm
  • To develop a risk assessment procedure for repeated self-harm and suicide for use in a general hospital setting.

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