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Emergency presentations to an inner-city adolescent psychiatric service.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12175996     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
There is little research into emergency presentations in child and adolescent mental health. The purpose of this study was to obtain an overview of number and types of presentations to a inner London child and adolescent mental health emergency service and to determine immediate and longer-term service demands. All available data on 107 consecutive child and adolescent emergency attenders were gathered using a structured data collection sheet. Half of those who presented following an episode of deliberate self-harm were considered to have no mental health disorder though a significant minority of emergency attenders had serious mental health problems. Most attenders were already known to child psychiatry or social services. Prospective study of young people who are already linked in with child mental health and/or social services but who require emergency assessments and interventions is warranted. An understanding of what breaks down in the routine care of these young people would facilitate earlier identification and more effective prevention or early intervention for these vulnerable children and adolescents.
Elaine Healy; Swaroopa Saha; Fiona Subotsky; Eric Fombonne
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of adolescence     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0140-1971     ISO Abbreviation:  J Adolesc     Publication Date:  2002 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-08-14     Completed Date:  2004-09-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7808986     Medline TA:  J Adolesc     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  397-404     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2002 The Association for Professionals in Services for Adolescents. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.
Developmental Psychiatry, E Floor, South Block, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Health Services / utilization*
Emergency Services, Psychiatric / utilization*
Health Services Needs and Demand*
London / epidemiology
Mental Disorders / epidemiology*,  therapy
Poverty Areas
Retrospective Studies
Risk Factors
Self-Injurious Behavior / epidemiology*,  therapy
Socioeconomic Factors

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