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AHRQ: 1% of ED visits are for suicide ideation

The Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reports that the number of patients sent to the emergency department (ED) for suicidal thoughts has doubled. As of 2013, 1% of all ED visits are related to suicide ideation, which is up from 0.4% in 2006. This is an average increase of 12% annually.AHRQ logo

Of the 1% brought in for suicidal thoughts, more than 71% were admitted to the same hospital or transferred to another facility. ED patients with suicidal thoughts often had these behavioral health conditions:

  • Mood disorders
  • Substance-related disorders
  • Alcohol-related disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders

Visit HealthLeaders Media for more details. And read more on our previous coverage of suicide ideation and prevention.

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Brian Ward About the Author: Brian Ward is an Associate Editor at HCPro working on accreditation news.

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