Journal article

A Qualitative Account of Young People's Experiences Seeking Care from Emergency Departments for Self-Harm

Sadhbh J Byrne, India Bellairs-Walsh, Simon M Rice, Sarah Bendall, Michelle Lamblin, Emily Boubis, Brianna McGregor, Meghan O'Keefe, Jo Robinson

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH | MDPI | Published : 2021

Abstract

Many young people who engage in self-harm do not seek help from health services. For those that do, emergency departments (EDs) are a key point of contact. Substantial gaps remain in current knowledge related to young consumers' experiences and views on optimal treatment of self-harm in the ED. In this study, semi-structured interviews were conducted with thirteen young people (Mage = 21.2 years), who were engaged with care at headspace early intervention centers and had presented to an ED with a self-inflicted physical injury. Participants were asked to describe their experience in the ED and the care they received. Data were analyzed thematically. Three inter-related themes were identified..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by Future Generations Global and The William Buckland Foundation. J.R. is funded by National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship (1142348). S.M.R. is supported by a Career Development Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (1158881), and the Dame Kate Campbell Fellowship from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne. S.B. is supported by the Ronald Philip Griffiths Fellowship from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne.