Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Volume 22, Number 2, May 2011
pp. 469-472 | 10.1353/hpu.2011.0057
This paper demonstrates the impact of closure of a local mental health center on patients who suffer from severe mental illness. The authors analyze electronic health record data to show that these patients not only use emergency department services more than the general medical population, but also experience an increased length of stay in the emergency department.