Journal article

Self-harm following release from prison: A prospective data linkage study

Rohan Borschmann, Emma Thomas, Paul Moran, Megan Carroll, Ed Heffernan, Matthew J Spittal, Georgina Sutherland, Rosa Alati, Stuart A Kinner

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Prisoners are at increased risk of both self-harm and suicide compared with the general population, and the risk of suicide after release from prison is three times greater than for those still incarcerated. However, surprisingly little is known about the incidence of self-harm following release from prison. We aimed to determine the incidence of, identify risk factors for and characterise emergency department presentations resulting from self-harm in adults after release from prison. METHOD: Cohort study of 1325 adults interviewed prior to release from prison, linked prospectively with State correctional and emergency department records. Data from all emergency department present..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Awarded by NHMRC Early Career Fellowship


Awarded by NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

The Passports study was funded through an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Strategic Award (#409966) and Project Grant (#1002463). Rohan Borschmann is supported by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (#1104644). Stuart Kinner is supported by an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship (#1078168).