Date of Award
emergency, mental health, substance abuse, emergency department
Emergency Medicine | Health and Medical Administration | Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Other Mental and Social Health | Other Public Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry
Research has shown that current quantities of emergency department visits for mental health and substance use are increasing at a startling rate. These increases are acknowledged in quantitative studies and some important information can be gathered from qualitative studies however determining specific causes for these emergent visits are difficult. The purpose of this study is to derive findings from statistical analyses focusing on quantities of emergency department visits for mental health and substance use disorders. Comparisons will be drawn at the state level between the per capita quantity of emergency department visits and poverty rate, climate, psychiatric healthcare infrastructure, urban vs. rural population, and the number of individuals seeking outpatient psychiatric care. Data analysis is performed using a least squares regression analysis which determines the strength of the relationship between two factors. The results are a mixture of significant and insignificant findings; the most interesting is the positive relationship between emergent mental health and substance use visits when compared with and the percent of the state deemed rural by the U.S. census bureau. Meaning that the greater percentage of the state is deemed rural, the greater amount of per capita mental health and substance use emergencies.
Daul, Logan, "Factors Affecting Emergency Department Mental Health Visits" (2022). Honors Thesis. 267.
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