publication . Article . 2021

Increased Mental Health Presentations by Children Aged 5-15 at Emergency Departments during the first 12 months of COVID-19

McDonnell, Thérèse; Barrett, Michael; McNicholas, Fiona; Barrett, Elizabeth; Conlon, Ciara; Cummins, Fergal; Hensey, Conor; McAuliffe, Eilish; Nicholson, Emma;
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  • Published: 31 May 2021
  • Publisher: Irish Medical Organization
  • Country: Ireland
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 decreas...
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free text keywords: Mental health, Children, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Mental health services, Ireland
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