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Every year in the United States there is an estimated 2 million adolescents who experience suicidal ideation or attempt suicide.1 The shortage of behavioral and mental health professionals has led to an increase in emergency department (ED) visits. “Boarding” is defined as “the practice of holding patients in the ED or another temporary location after the decision to admit or transfer has been made.2” The purpose of this study is to evaluate the following question - in adolescent patients with suicide attempt or mental health crisis, does boarding in the ED result in poorer mental health outcomes? Information from experiences of adolescents who have been boarded in the ED will be used to provide guidelines for emergency departments to better prepare for patients admitted for suicidal and mental health crisis
mental health, adolescent, boarding, emergency room
Medicine and Health Sciences | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health
Buettner, Kyra, "Impact of Mental Health Boarding in the Emergency Department and Recommendations on How We Can Improve" (2023). Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Capstone Presentations (Center City). 2.