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The growing need for psychiatric emergency departments

from By Dorothy L. Tengler

In 2010, there were 129.8 million emergency department visits. However, not all of these visits were injury-related. A January 2012 American Hospital Association TrendWatch reported that there were more than 5 million visits to EDs by patients with a primary diagnosis of mental illness or a substance abuse disorder. Even more alarming, the rate of mental health visits has increased seven times more than overall ED visits. What is the answer? Communities need specially designed psychiatric EDs. more

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