Psychiatry Investig.  2020 Sep;17(9):896-901. 10.30773/pi.2020.0130.

Predictors of Psychiatric Outpatient Adherence after an Emergency Room Visit for a Suicide Attempt

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Konkuk University Medical Center, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Konkuk University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • 3Department of Emergency Medicine, Konkuk University Medical Center, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Abstract


Objective
This study aimed to investigate the potential correlation between baseline characteristics of individuals visiting an emergency room for a suicide attempt and subsequent psychiatric outpatient treatment adherence.
Methods
Medical records of 525 subjects, who visited an emergency room at a university-affiliated hospital for a suicide attempt between January 2017 and December 2018 were retrospectively reviewed. Potential associations between baseline characteristics and psychiatric outpatient visitation were statistically analyzed.
Results
107 out of 525 individuals (20.4%) who attempted suicide visited an outpatient clinic after the initial emergency room visit. Several factors (e.g., sober during suicide attempt, college degree, practicing religion, psychiatric treatment history) were significantly related to better psychiatric outpatient follow-up.
Conclusion
Several demographic and clinical factors predicted outpatient adherence following a suicide attempt. Therefore, additional attention should be given to suicide attempters who are at the risk of non-adherence by practitioners in the emergency room.

Keyword

Suicide attempt, Adherence, Emergency room, Outpatient clinic
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