Assesses emergency department (ED) visits for adults and children 6 years of age and older with a diagnosis of mental illness and who received a follow-up visit for mental illness.
Two rates are reported:
- ED visits for which the member received follow-up within 30 days of the ED visit (31 total days).
- ED visits for which the member received follow-up within 7 days of the ED visit (8 total days).
Why It Matters
Mental illness can affect people of all ages. In the United States, 18% of adults and 13%–20% of children under 18 years of age experience mental illness.1,2 Research suggests that follow-up care for people with mental illness is linked to fewer repeat ED visits, improved physical and mental function and increased compliance with follow-up instructions.3,4,5
|Follow-Up within 7 days of ED Visit|
|Follow-Up withing 30 days of ED Visit|
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- Perou, R. et al. (2013). Mental Health Surveillance Among Children — United States, 2005–2011. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 62(02), 1-35. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/su6202a1.htm?s_cid=su6202a1_w
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- Griswold, K.S., Zayas, L.E., Pastore, P.A., Smith, S.J., Wagner, C.M., Servoss, T.J. (2018) Primary Care After Psychiatric Crisis: A Qualitative Analysis. Annals of Family Medicine, 6(1), 38-43. doi:10.1370/afm.760.
- Kyriacou, D.N., Handel, D., Stein, A.C., Nelson, R.R. (2005). Brief Report: Factors Affecting Outpatient Follow-up Compliance of Emergency Department Patients. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 20(10), 938-942. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1497.2005.0216_1.x.