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Presented at the 22nd Annual Research Conference

Length of Pediatric Mental Health Emergency Department Visits in the United States

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Session Number: 20 Room: Salon I

Presenting: Brady Case

All Authors for this paper: Brady Case; Sarah Case; Mark Olfson; James Linakis

Presentation Type: paper presentation

Synopsis: There is concern that over-reliance on emergency departments (EDs) for the mental health treatment of youth contributes to ED overcrowding. We compared visits for a mental disorder (n=1,140) to other pediatric ED visits (n=55,363) using a nationally representative discharge sample. Mental health visits were far more likely to be triaged to rapid evaluation and be admitted, and their mean length of stay of 239 minutes was 91 minutes greater. Differences were greatest for the privately insured, for those administered medication, and in the Northeast. Pediatric mental health visits appear to place distinctive burdens on US EDs.

Date: Monday, March 2, 2009

Session Time: 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Presentation Time: 3:45 PM - 4:15 PM