Incidence rates of suicide attempts

Incidence rates of suicide attempts and self-harm in Europe, a systematic review (PhD-project part 1)

Centre for Suicide Research in Denmark has systematically validated registered suicide attempts since 1989 in a dedicated Register for Suicide Attempts (RSA) to match the definition made by WHO. In the validation process between 30-50 % of suicide attempts have been sorted out, many of which were due to habitual self-harming behaviour. Up to this point, no healthcare system has found a reliable method to register suicide attempt separately from non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). This means that the extent of the problem is being reported incorrectly and makes it difficult to compare rates across countries.

To figure out which definitions are used about suicide attempts and self-harm in European countries and how the rates vary when different definitions are considered.

A systematic review. For this, the PRISMA guidelines (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) will be followed.


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