Date: 06 Oct 2006

Process and Outcome Evaluation of an Emergency Department Intervention for Persons with Mental Health Concerns Using a Population Health Approach

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Abstract

Purpose:

To evaluate an emergency department’s use of a mental health triage and mental health crisis counsellor for persons presenting with mental health concerns.

Method:

Mixed method (qualitative and quantitative), multiple measures.

Results:

Significant pre- and post-intervention reductions for wait time, security incidents and hospital admissions were found. Follow ups with a community agency, medications and a psychiatrist increased post-intervention, while follow ups with detox decreased post-intervention.

Conclusions:

The qualitative and quantitative findings are congruent with other studies supporting the use of properly implemented mental health triage and crisis counsellors to improve the care of persons with mental health concerns.