The potential of general practice to support young people who self-harm: a narrative review
Faraz Mughal, Lisa Dikomitis, Opeyemi O Babatunde and Carolyn A Chew-Graham 2022. The potential of general practice to support young people who self-harm: a narrative review. British Journal of General Practice Open (BJGP Open). 6 (1). https://doi.org/10.3399/BJGPO.2021.0159
|Authors||Faraz Mughal, Lisa Dikomitis, Opeyemi O Babatunde and Carolyn A Chew-Graham|
Background Self-harm in young people is a growing public health concern. Young people commonly present to their GP for help with self-harm, and thus general practice may be a key setting to support young people who have self-harmed.
Aim To examine the potential of general practice to support young people aged 10–25 years who have harmed themselves.
Design & setting A narrative review of published and grey literature.
Method The Scale for the Assessment of Narrative Review Articles (SANRA) was used to guide a narrative review to examine the potential of general practice to support young people who have self-harmed. The evidence is presented textually.
Results The included evidence showed that GPs have a key role in supporting young people, and they sometimes relied on gut feeling when handling uncertainty on how to help young people who had self-harmed. Young people described the importance of initial clinician responses after disclosing self-harm, and if they were perceived to be negative, the self-harm could become worse.
Conclusion In context of the evidence included, this review found that general practice is a key setting for the identification and management of self-harm in young people; but improvements are needed to enhance general practice care for young people to fulfil its potential.
|Keywords||Adolescent; Self-harm; Mental health; General practice|
|Journal||British Journal of General Practice Open (BJGP Open)|
|Journal citation||6 (1)|
|Publisher||Royal College of General Practitioners|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.3399/BJGPO.2021.0159|
|22 Mar 2022|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||13 Oct 2022|
|Deposited||22 May 2023|
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