Study Says Alcohol Abuse & Mood Disorders Cause Of Avoidable ER Visits

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According to a new study, 3.5 percent of all emergency department visits in the United States were avoidable and for non-life threatening conditions. The study, published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care, found that the top three discharge diagnoses in emergency rooms in the US were for alcohol abuse, dental disorders, and mood disorders such as anxiety or depression. The findings suggest that pressure on emergency departments could be alleviated by addressing gaps in mental health and dental care, which can be associated with a prohibitive cost that prevents people from getting the help they need.

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