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Complete Indicator Profile of Mental Health Related Emergency Department Visits


Includes all emergency department visits where a mental health related diagnosis was coded as the principal diagnosis in a child or adult.


Number of mental health related emergency department visits


Total resident population

Data Interpretation Issues

An estimated 99.5% of possible ED records were received in 2008. Data is not included from psychiatric, prison, military, veterans and other specialty hospitals.

Why Is This Important?

"Although the emergency department setting may be appropriate in crisis situations, it is not the ideal setting in which to address mental health problems. However, the use of emergency departments for mental health care is growing. Individuals with mental health needs are best treated with regular and comprehensive care, such as that offered through a coordinated system of care."- North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020

Graphical Data Views

Mental Health-Related Visits to Emergency Departments North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2008-2011

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North Carolina vs. HNC2020 Year Emergency Dept. Visits per 10,000 Population
North Carolina 2008 92
North Carolina 2009 94.3
North Carolina 2010 99
North Carolina 2011 106.5
HNC 2020 Target 2008 82.8
HNC 2020 Target 2009 82.8
HNC 2020 Target 2010 82.8

Data Notes

This measure is based on emergency department (ED) visit data collected by the North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool (NC DETECT). NC DETECT collects ED data from emergency departments across North Carolina. Visits were coded under the 9th revision of the International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM).  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.

Data Sources

North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool (NC DETECT) 

Page Content Updated On 02/12/2013, Published on 02/12/2013
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