US Pediatric Mental Health Hospitalizations Rise in Acute Care Hospitals

JAMA Network

About The Study: In this analysis of a national data set representing an estimated 4.7 million pediatric hospitalizations between 2009 and 2019, the number and proportion of pediatric acute care hospitalizations due to mental health diagnoses increased significantly. The majority of mental health hospitalizations in 2019 included a diagnosis of attempted suicide, suicidal ideation, or self-injury, underscoring the increasing importance of this concern.

Authors: Mary Arakelyan, M.P.H., of the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, is the corresponding author.

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