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Prevalence of psychological distress assessed in emergency departments
  1. R Forero1,3,
  2. L Young1,3,
  3. K M Hillman1,3,
  4. A E Bauman2,
  5. S Ieraci3
  1. 1Simpson Centre For Health Services Research, Liverpool Hospital, Liverpool, NSW and University of New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia
  3. 3Sydney South West Area Health Service, Sydney, Australia;

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    Mental health in general, and undiagnosed psychiatric illness in particular, has been recognised as important concerns in emergency departments (EDs). They have been a focal point for acute healthcare services in Australia.1,2 This research examined the prevalence of non-specific psychological distress among people admitted through ED, who had chronic and complex conditions, and were aged 50 years and over.3 Patients over 50 years were selected because of the increased likelihood of the onset of chronic conditions. A chronic patient was defined as an ED admission with two or more presenting comorbidities for at least 6 months prior to admission. This group was matched with people from the New South Wales (NSW) Health Survey …

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    • Competing interests: none declared