Compared with patients who have physical illnesses, the researchers found that people with mental health conditions rely more on the emergency department, and are more likely to be admitted when they show up. They tend to stay longer, too. The researchers have not yet described how the visits broke out by age. But anecdotally, children and older patients — “the extremes” — appear particularly affected, says Suzanne Lippert, clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at Stanford University in California, and lead author on the abstracts.
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