Recommendation ID
Effectiveness of training:- For healthcare professionals who work with people who self-harm, does the provision of training in assessment and management improve outcomes compared with no additional specialist training?
A well-powered randomised controlled trial should examine the effectiveness of training. Researchers should consider the format and length of training. The outcomes chosen should include both healthcare professionals' and service users' evaluation of the training, and the effect on subsequent knowledge, attitude and behavioural changes. It should include longer-term follow-up of 12 months or more.
Any explanatory notes
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Why this is important:- Current studies of training have been limited in their assessment of changes in healthcare professionals' knowledge, attitudes and behaviour. Crucially no studies have examined whether training has any impact on service users' experience and outcomes. Healthcare professionals frequently report that treating service users who self-harm is challenging and they are likely to find training helpful as it provides an opportunity to think about and understand this aspect of their work. Studies to date, however, have not looked beyond these initial outcomes of training, which are more indicative of satisfaction with training rather than addressing whether training has had an impact on practice, service user experience and outcomes. Future research should consider a wider range of outcomes – for example, attitudes, changes in assessment practice, changes in interventions and improvement in service user experience and outcomes. The longer term impact of training should also be assessed.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Self-harm in over 8s: long-term management
Date issued
November 2011

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No