ED visits for psychiatric conditions make up an ever-increasing share of all ED visits. Patients with psychiatric complaints have a significantly greater length-of-stay in the ED than patients with non-psychiatric complaints. Prolonged boarding in the ED for psychiatric patients is associated with lower quality care for psychiatric patients and further contributes to overall ED crowding.
Abid, Zaynah; Meltzer, Andrew C.; Lazar, Danielle; and Pines, Jesse M., "Psychiatric Boarding in U.S. EDs: A Multifactorial Problem that Requires Multidisicplinary Solutions" (2014). Center for Health Care Quality. Paper 1.