The Monitoring System was established in 1976. It enables information to be collected on patients presenting to the general hospital in Oxford (covering a population of approximately 450,000) following self-harm, including non-admitted as well as admitted patients, and also those not assessed by the psychiatric service as well as those who are assessed. This recording system is unique in the UK (and indeed in Europe) in terms of the completeness of data obtained and its duration. For each patient, information is collected on a range of socio-demographic and clinical variables, most of which are relevant to suicide risk and repetition of self-harm (SH). The database currently includes data on over 45,000 episodes carried out by over 25,000 individuals. Episodes and persons are linked so that it is easy to examine repetition of SH over varying time periods. Comparison with data collected elsewhere in the UK has shown that the patterns and trends of SH in Oxford are representative of those in other centres (Platt et al, 1988).
The Centre for Suicide Research is co-ordinating a national collaboration of research centres which collect data on self-harm for a Multicentre Monitoring Project.
Data from the Oxford Monitoring System also contributed to the WHO:EURO Multicentre Study of Suicidal Behaviour.
If you would like more details about the Monitoring System please see our Frequently Asked Questions document.
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