Psychiatric emergency department volume during Covid-19 pandemic

One commonly reported phenomenon in the first months of the Covid-19 era in the United States has been the reduction in emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations of patients with heart attacks, strokes and other acute, non-Covid illnesses [1]. Less is known about whether and how the number of patients presenting to EDs for psychiatric problems has changed.
Source: The American Journal of Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Source Type: research

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