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HRB publish latest data from Irish psychiatric hospitals and units

25 July 2017

Young people, single people and depression continue to dominate admissions for psychiatric care.

The latest Activities of Irish Psychiatric Units and Hospitals 2016 from the Health Research Board shows young people between 20-24 years of age had the highest rate of all admissions during 2016. The 18-19 year old age group had the highest rate of first admissions – a continuing pattern for seven of the past 10 years. Almost six in 10 admissions were single and depression remains the most common diagnosis for all admissions.

The report provides data about admissions, discharges and deaths in Irish psychiatric units and related socio-economic data. It identifies where in the country and the type of hospital in which these took place. It also looks specifically at child and adolescent admissions during 2016. 

According to Dr Mairead O Driscoll, Interim Chief Executive at the Health Research Board, ‘This report gives a clear picture of who needs these services and provides evidence to assist decision-making and planning in relation to mental health services’. 

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