Pediatric Mental Health Driving Up Emergency Department Visits

Child in ICU
Child in ICU
More resources may need to allocated to acute care for pediatric mental health.

Emergency department visits for mental health-related complaints are on the rise among pediatric patients. 

Elisa Mapelli, MD, of BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada and colleagues conducted a retrospective cohort study of tertiary PED visits from 2003 to 2012. All visits with chief complaint or discharge diagnosis related to mental health were included. Variables analyzed included number and acuity of mental health-related visits, length of stay, waiting time, admission rate, and return visits, relative to all PED visits. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize the results.

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