Epidemiology of Psychiatric Emergency Referrals in Four Regions of Belgium

Department of Psychiatry University Hospital, Gent, Belgium.
Crisis The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention (Impact Factor: 1.09). 02/1996; 17(1):15-21. DOI: 10.1027/0227-5910.17.1.15
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Over a period of two years, all psychiatric emergency referrals at the emergency department of four public hospitals were monitored using a standardized form. The results showed that the hospitals share a typical profile of the psychiatric emergency department user. The profile is consistent with earlier descriptive studies, in Belgium as well as in other countries. Possible ways to overcome problems with data collection within the setting of a psychiatric emergency department are suggested. Finally, the necessity of monitoring the service needs of specific subgroups is discussed.

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