Emergency Department Treatment Soars for Patients With Suicidal Thoughts and Self-Inflicted Injuries
The number of emergency department (ED) visits for suicidal thoughts and intentional self-inflicted injuries increased by 415 percent from 2006 to 2014, according to a recent statistical brief from AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. During the same period, the number of ED visits for personality disorders increased by 112 percent, alcohol-related disorders by 76 percent, and substance abuse disorders by 74 percent. The rate of patients treated for mental health or substance abuse who were later admitted to the same hospital increased by 32 percent. Access the statistical brief, Trends in Emergency Department Visits, 2006-2014.
Brian J. Moore, Ph.D., Carol Stocks, Ph.D., R.N., and Pamela L. Owens, Ph.D.