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Pharmacological interventions for self-harm in adults

KG Witt, SE Hetrick, G Rajaram, P Hazell, TL Taylor Salisbury, E Townsend, K Hawton

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews | Published : 2021

Abstract

Background: Self-harm (SH; intentional self-poisoning or self-injury regardless of degree of suicidal intent or other types of motivation) is a growing problem in most countries, often repeated, and associated with suicide. Evidence assessing the effectiveness of pharmacological agents and/or natural products in the treatment of SH is lacking, especially when compared with the evidence for psychosocial interventions. This review therefore updates a previous Cochrane Review (last published in 2015) on the role of pharmacological interventions for SH in adults. Objectives: To assess the effects of pharmacological agents or natural products for SH compared to comparison types of treatment (e.g...

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