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25 October 2011

More kids visit ER for psychiatric care

Emergency room doctors are seeing more and more kids for mental health problems, and many of them are uninsured, researchers said.

Emergency room doctors are seeing more and more kids for mental health problems, and many of them are uninsured, researchers said at the annual conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics in Boston.

"Often these patients have limited outpatient options for their continuity of care for psychiatric or mental health indications, and my belief is that that's why they're coming into the emergency department," Pittsenbarger, of Children's Hospital Boston, said.

 
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