Title

Profiles and treatment of attempted suicide by self-immolation.

Publication/Presentation Date

1-1-1997

Abstract

Self-immolation represented 3.9% of patients (N = 7) at this burn unit over the last 18 months. Charts of these patients were retrospectively reviewed for demographics, hospital course, and discharge plan. All had a major psychiatric diagnosis, although no clear patient profile emerged. These patients required complex individualized care, but the psychosocial treatment challenges had many common elements. Psychiatric aspects of these patients proved problematic for the burn unit staff. Physical sequelae of the burns raised problems in arranging subsequent psychiatric treatment. Follow-up information was obtained by brief telephone interviews. The survivors appeared to be functioning well given their psychopathology and physical sequelae.

Volume

19

Issue

1

First Page

51

Last Page

55

ISSN

0163-8343

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

PubMedID

9034812

Department(s)

Department of Medicine

Document Type

Article

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