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Using the Behavioural Activity Rating Scale as a Vital Sign in the Psychiatric Emergency Service

  title={Using the Behavioural Activity Rating Scale as a Vital Sign in the Psychiatric Emergency Service},
  author={Scott A. Simpson and Marla Pidgeon and Kimberly D. Nordstrom},
Improving mental health care in the emergency department (ED) is an increasingly urgent issue. With a decline in inpatient psychiatric capacity and the outpatient mental health system “in tatters,” emergency rooms have become “epicenters for psychiatric and behavioral emergencies.”1 More than 12% of annual emergency department visits are for psychiatric reasons.1 Moreover, psychiatric diagnoses are disproportionately represented among patients with frequent ED utilization. Lengths of… Expand

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