AHRQ Report Finds More Children Hospitalized for Suicide, Self-Injury
Hospitalizations for suicide and self-injury increased significantly for all children between 2006 and 2011, especially among children ages 10 to 14, according to a new article in the journal Academic Pediatrics. The analysis of hospitalizations from 2006 to 2011 is based on a report prepared from data sources sponsored by AHRQ and led by AHRQ researchers. The report found that nearly 59,000 children ages 1 to 17 were admitted to the hospital for a suicide or self-injury diagnosis in 2011, rising 104 percent in the five-year study period. The increase was the most pronounced in children ages 10 to 14, rising 151 percent, and among children ages 5 to 9, rising 130 percent. The article andabstract, “Annual Report on Health Care for Children and Youth in the United States: National Estimates of Cost, Utilization and Expenditures for Children with Mental Disorders,” appears in the January-February issue of Academic Pediatrics.
Acad Pediatr. 2015 Jan-Feb;15(1):19-35. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2014.07.007. Epub 2014 Nov 13.
Annual report on health care for children and youth in the United States: national estimates of cost, utilization and expenditures for children with mental health conditions.
Published by Elsevier Inc.
children; health care utilization; mental health; national estimates; trends in hospitalization
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