Sunday, January 22, 2017

ED Utilization for Behavioral Health problems is increasing

Thanks to Strategic Advisory Group member Betty Rambur, RN, PhD for sending along this report: Trends in Emergency Department Visits Involving Mental and Substance Use Disorders, 2006-2013

The punchline is this graph:
Abbreviations: ED, emergency department; SUD, substance use disorder
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS), 2006-2013Line graph that shows the number of emergency department visits per 100,000 population aged 15 years and older from 2006 to 2013 that involved mental and substance use disorders. Depression, anxiety or stress reactions: increased steadily from 2,537 in 2006 to 3,945 in 2013, for a 55.5% cumulative increase. Substance use disorders: increased steadily from 1,838 in 2006 to 2,519 in 2013, for a 37.0% cumulative increase. Psychoses or bipolar disorders: increased steadily from 911 in 2006 to 1,385 in 2013, for a 52.0% cumulative increase.

More analysis on this report from the National Academy for State Health Policy can be found here.

Overall, this is yet more evidence that better approaches to Behavioral Health are urgently needed.

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