Men are twice as likely as women to go to the emergency department due to schizophrenia.
A new report finds that, too often, under-medicated Americans suffering from schizophrenia end up seeking care in the nation’s hospital emergency rooms.
The report, issued Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that between 2009 and 2011, over 382,000 visits to ERs were recorded for people aged 18 to 64 with schizophrenia.
Many of these cases involved people on Medicaid who were either homeless or living in places such as nursing homes or group homes, the researchers said.
Emergency departments “may serve as a safety net for schizophrenic patients not otherwise receiving care,” said Dr. Michael Albert and Linda McCaig, both of whom work at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
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KEY TOPICS: health care utilization, emergency room visits, mental illness
DATA SOURCES: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey