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Presented at the 22nd Annual Research Conference
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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