Patient and treatment characteristics of children and youth who visit the emergency department for a behavioural disorder

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    Liu, Stacy
  • 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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    Master of Science
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