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Subject/Keyword
mental health
behavioural disorder
emergency department
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Liu, Stacy
Supervisor and department
Newton, Amanda (Pediatrics)
Examining committee member and department
Ali, Samina (Pediatrics)
Rosychuk, Rhonda (Pediatrics)
Department
Medical Sciences-Paediatrics
Specialization

Date accepted
2013-05-31T15:40:44Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
More and more parents are seeking care for their children in emergency departments (EDs) to stabilize acute emergencies related to mental health problems, request guidance for at-home child management, and gain access to health care resources. This retrospective cohort study explored patient and treatment characteristics of 325 children and youth (<18 years) who made 365 ED visits for a behavioural disorder between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2011. Results reflect trends observed by other research studies including gender and age trends for diagnosis, pre-existing involvement in the health system, and ED visits deemed urgent in nature. This research adds a unique perspective of the reasons children/youth visited the ED and the type of emergency care they received for a behavioural disorder. The most common precipitating event to the ED was a suicide-related gesture/attempt. The majority of children/youth had mood and suicidality assessments, which reflected precipitating events and presenting complaints.
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English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3H12VG64
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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