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Report Analyzes Emergency Department Visits Related to Suicidal Ideation

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a new report that finds the rate of emergency department (ED) visits related to thoughts of suicide increased 12 percent each year from 2006 to 2013. By 2013, 1 percent of all adult emergency visits involved suicidal ideation; 75 percent of these visits had an associated diagnosis of a mood disorder, 43 percent had a substance-related disorder and 30 percent had an alcohol-related disorder. Among these ED visits, 12 percent of patients had a co-occurring injury, which was more common among females than among males. The report also found that in most visits, patients were admitted to the same hospital or transferred to another facility.