Increased Mental Health Presentations by Children Aged 5-15 at Emergency Departments during the first 12 months of COVID-19
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|Title:||Increased Mental Health Presentations by Children Aged 5-15 at Emergency Departments during the first 12 months of COVID-19||Authors:||McDonnell, Thérèse; Barrett, Michael; McNicholas, Fiona; Barrett, Elizabeth; Conlon, Ciara; Cummins, Fergal; Hensey, Conor; McAuliffe, Eilish; Nicholson, Emma||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/12237||Date:||31-May-2021||Online since:||2021-06-17T11:41:43Z||Abstract:||Aims To determine changes in mental health (MH) attendance at Emergency Departments (ED) by children aged five to 15 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods Analysis of MH presentations during the first year of the pandemic compared with prior year for three public paediatric EDs serving the greater Dublin area with a paediatric population of 430,000. Results Overall, ED attendance during the 12 months to 28th February 2021 was 34.3% below prior year, while MH presentations were 8.9% above prior year. MH attendances initially decreased by 26.8% (2020: 303; 2019: 414) during the first four months of the pandemic (March to June), lower than the corresponding decrease of 47.9% for presentations for any reason (2020: 11,530; 2019: 22,128). However, MH presentations increased by 52.4% in July and August (2020: 218; 2019: 143), and by 45.6% in September to December (2020: 552 ;2019: 379), dropping 28.1% below prior year in January (2021: 87; 2020: 121) before returning to prior year levels in February 2021 (2021: 107; 2020: 106). Conclusion Following the initial COVID-19 lockdown, ED presentations by children for acute MH care increased significantly over prior year, with this increase sustained throughout 2020. Long-term stressors linked to the pandemic may be leading to chronic MH problems, warranting increased funding of MH services as part of the response to COVID-19.||Funding Details:||Health Research Board||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||Irish Medical Organization||Journal:||Irish Medical Journal||Volume:||114||Issue:||5||Start page:||356||End page:||356||Keywords:||Mental health; Children; COVID-19; Coronavirus; Mental health services; Ireland||Other versions:||http://imj.ie/increased-mental-health-presentations-by-children-aged-5-15-at-emergency-departments-during-the-first-12-months-of-covid-19/||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed||ISSN:||0332-3102||This item is made available under a Creative Commons License:||https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/|
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