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A multi-centre programme of clinical and public health research in support of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England

In collaboration with investigators in Bristol (Professor David Gunnell) and Manchester (Dr. Nav Kapur), we have been awarded a 4 year programme grant by the National Institute for Health Research to work on various projects in support of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England. The Oxford component focuses on drug availability and suicide prevention. The key researcher in Oxford is Sue Simkin. More details are available on the programme website.

Projects include:

Investigation of the impact of the MHRA announcement of the withdrawal of co-proxamol

Interview study of patients who have taken paracetamol overdoses


Publications arising from the programme:

Chen, Y.-Y., Bennewith, O., Hawton, K., Simkin, S., Cooper, J., Kapur, N. & Gunnell, D. (2013). Suicide by burning barbecue charcoal in England. Journal of Public Health, 35, 223-227. doi:10.1093/pubmed/fds095

Gunnell, D., Bennewith, O., Simkin, S., Cooper, J., Klineberg, E., Rodway, C., Sutton, L., Steeg, S., Wells, C., Hawton, K. & Kapur, N. (2013). Time trends in coroners' use of different verdicts for possible suicides and their impact on officially reported incidence of suicide in England: 1990-2005. Psychological Medicine, 43, 1415-1422. doi:10.1017/S0033291712002401

Hawton, K., Bergen, H., Simkin, S., Dodd, S., Pocock, P., Bernal, W., Gunnell, D. & Kapur, N. (2013). Long term effect of reduced pack sizes of paracetamol on poisoning deaths and liver transplant activity in England and Wales: interrupted time series analyses. BMJ, 346, f403. doi:10.1136/bmj.f403

Hawton, K., Bergen, H., Simkin, S., Wells, C., Kapur, N. & Gunnell, D. (2012). Six-year follow-up of impact of co-proxamol withdrawal in England and Wales on prescribing and deaths: time-series study. PLoS Medicine, 9(5): e1001213. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001213

Gunnell, D., Bennewith, O., Kapur, N., Simkin, S., Cooper, J. & Hawton, K. (2012). The use of the Internet by people who die by suicide in England: A cross sectional study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 141, 480-483. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2012.04.015

Simkin, S., Bennewith, O. & Cooper, J. (2012). Investigating official records of suicides for research purposes: challenges and coping strategies. Crisis, 33, 123-126. doi:10.1027/0227-5910/a000167

Simkin, S., Hawton, K., Kapur, N. & Gunnell, D. (2012). What can be done to reduce mortality from paracetamol overdoses? A patient interview study. Quarterly Journal of Medicine, 105, 41-51. doi:10.1093/qjmed/hcr135

Hawton, K., Bergen, H., Simkin, S., Arensman, E., Corcoran, P., Cooper, J., Waters, K., Gunnell, D. & Kapur, N. (2011). Impact of different pack sizes of paracetamol in the United Kingdom and Ireland on intentional overdoses: a comparative study. BMC Public Health, 11, 460. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-460

Hawton, K., Bergen, H., Waters, K., Murphy, E., Cooper, J. & Kapur, N. (2011). Impact of withdrawal of the analgesic co-proxamol in the UK on non-fatal self-poisoning. Crisis 32, 81-87. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000063

Hawton, K., Bergen, H., Simkin, S., Cooper, J., Waters, K., Gunnell, D., Kapur, N. (2010) Toxicity of antidepressants: study of rates of suicide relative to prescribing and non-fatal overdose. British Journal of Psychiatry, 196, 354-358. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.109.070219

Kapur, N., Clements, C., Bateman, N., Foex, B., Mackway-Jones, K., Huxtable, R., Gunnell, D., Hawton, K. (2010) Advance directives and suicidal behaviour - how should clinicians respond? BMJ, 341, 590-591 (BMJ 2010;341:c4557)

Kapur, N., Cooper, J., Bennewith, O., Gunnell, D, Hawton, K. Postcards, green cards, and telephone calls - therapeutic contact with individuals following self-harm. (2010) Biritish Journal of Psychiatry, 197, 5-7.

Hawton, K., Bergen, H., Simkin, S., Brock, A., Griffiths, C., Romeri, E., Smith, K. L., Kapur, N., Gunnell, D. (2009) Effect of withdrawal of co-proxamol on prescribing and deaths from drug poisoning in England and Wales: time series analysis. BMJ, 339, 354-358; 338;b2270; doi:10.1136/bmj.b2270

Gunnell D., Hawton K., Ho D., Evans J., O’Connor S., Potokar J., Donovan J., Kapur N. (2008) Hospital admissions for self-harm following psychiatric hospital discharge: cohort study, BMJ, 337, 1331-1334.



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