JABSOM and QMC Research: 30% Spike in Elderly Psychiatric Visits

One of the top stories from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) meeting in Hawai’i on May 16 included news made right here at home. A press release issued by the APA focuses on research by faculty of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Department of Psychiatry at The Queen’s Medical Center.

The researchers found psychiatric emergency room visits by elderly patients increased by 30 percent from 2008 to 2009.

The APA concluded the Hawai’i study “shows an increase in geriatric psychiatric visits with longer stays, a trend that suggests a coming mental health crisis for an aging population and a need for services for this population.”

JABSOM Psychiatry Chair Naleen Andrade praised her team–and the support they receive from The Queen’s Medical Center and the Queen Emma Research Fund–for “the excellent national press” coverage generated by the presentations at the Hawai’i APA meeting.  We’ll be covering more on this issue in the days ahead. But in the meantime, here are links to stories already published.

Read more from the Los Angeles Times.

Read the APA’s Press Release

Our photo is a file photograph of a blood pressure study involving JABSOM.

 

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