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Trends in acute care use for mental health conditions among youth during pandemic

JAMA Psychiatry

Peer-Reviewed Publication

JAMA Network

About The Study: Into the second year of the pandemic, mental health emergency department visits increased notably among adolescent females, and there was an increase in prolonged boarding (waiting in an emergency department or medical inpatient unit) of youth awaiting inpatient psychiatric care. Interventions are needed to increase inpatient child psychiatry capacity and reduce strain on the acute mental health care system.

Authors: Haiden A. Huskamp, Ph.D., of Harvard Medical School in Boston, is the corresponding author.

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