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Original Article

Types of Psychiatric Presentation to Emergency Room of a Tertiary Care Center: A Record-based Retrospective Study

Mohmmed K Chisty, Ganesh Kini, Anil Kakunje, Ravichandra Karkal, Perla Mohammed Ali Nishad

Keywords : Emergency psychiatry, Emergency room presentation, Register-based study

Citation Information : Chisty MK, Kini G, Kakunje A, Karkal R, Nishad PM. Types of Psychiatric Presentation to Emergency Room of a Tertiary Care Center: A Record-based Retrospective Study. Ind J Priv Psychiatry 2020; 14 (1):6-8.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10067-0051

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 11-12-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Background: Emergency psychiatry is a developing subspecialty, and emergency rooms (ERs) are the major entry point for people with mental illness. Emergency room psychiatrists work under circumstances of uncertainty and time limitations. The knowledge of various ER psychiatric presentations helps us to make tailor-made intervention. Aim and objective: The aim of the study was to examine the various clinical presentations of psychiatric patients brought to the ER. Materials and methods: It is a register-based study, and patients who attended the ER of Yenepoya Medical College Hospital (YMCH) constituted the study sample. Results: A total of 134 patients attended the ER of YMCH during the study period. The highest number of patients who were bought to the emergency was of bipolar affective disorder (BPAD) followed by patients with depression, and the least presentation was for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and dissociative disorders. Conclusions: The nature of the emergency with which patients sought emergency services in India is varied.


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