The recent changes in NHS management structure have allowed us for the first time, to estimate the cost of treatment of an illness. We wanted to determine the treatment cost of a case of deliberate self-harm (DSH) to a large University Teaching Hospital and to this aim, we reviewed the case notes of 190 consecutive cases of deliberate self-harm presenting to A&E. On average, each attendance costs 425.24 pounds, from attendance to A&E to hospital discharge.
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