Regular postcard cuts poisoning readmissions

The Postcards from the Edge study, conducted at Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital, randomised 772 patients admitted for self-poisoning to receive either eight postcards at regular intervals for up to 12 months after discharge or usual care.

The researchers found there were 484 self-poisoning readmissions among controls compared to 252 among those receiving the intervention, a reduction of 46%.

However, the proportion of patients with one or more repeat episodes of hospital-treated self-poisoning or suicide did not differ between the two groups. The