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Current practices for mental health follow-up after psychiatric emergency department/psychiatric emergency service visits: a national survey of academic emergency departments
Emergency Medicine Publications and Presentations
  • Edwin D. Boudreaux, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Kathryn Niro, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Ashley F. Sullivan, Harvard Medical School
  • Christopher D. Rosenbaum, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Michael H. Allen, University of Colorado–Denver
  • Carlos A. Camargo, Jr., Harvard Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Emergency Medicine
Date
11-30-2011
Document Type
Article
Medical Subject Headings
Academic Medical Centers; Continuity of Patient Care; Emergency Services, Psychiatric; Health Care Surveys; Humans; Mental Disorders; United States
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Abstract
OBJECTIVE: The objective was to describe continuity of care approaches for psychiatric emergencies in the emergency department. METHODS: A national survey of all 138 academic emergency departments in the United States was conducted. RESULTS: Most emergency physicians (81%) had no systematic method for identifying psychiatric emergency patients with high recidivism. In order to promote outpatient care, sites commonly reported using intensive interventions, including scheduling outpatient appointments prior to discharge (72%) and in-house case management (64%). CONCLUSION: While systematic identification of repeat psychiatric emergency patients was uncommon, emergency departments reported using a variety of fairly intensive strategies to promote continuity of care with outpatient mental health services.
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Citation: Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2011 Nov-Dec;33(6):631-3. Epub 2011 Aug 27. Link to article on publisher's site

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PubMed ID
21872940
Citation Information
Edwin D. Boudreaux, Kathryn Niro, Ashley F. Sullivan, Christopher D. Rosenbaum, et al.. "Current practices for mental health follow-up after psychiatric emergency department/psychiatric emergency service visits: a national survey of academic emergency departments" Vol. 33 Iss. 6 (2011) ISSN: 0163-8343 (Linking)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/edwin_boudreaux/65/