There is a clearly established and alarming increase in the prevalence of mental health disorders impacting our children and adolescents with a corresponding increase in the number of youth presenting with mental health crises to emergency departments (EDs) in need of hospitalization.1–4 Coupled with a lack of pediatric and adolescent inpatient psychiatry beds and providers, these trends have resulted in an increase in boarding in EDs and inpatient medical or surgical units.5–7 The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has exacerbated and potentiated these concerns, leading to a joint statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Children’s Hospital Association declaring a national emergency in child and adolescent mental health in October 2021.8–10 Shortly after this declaration, in December of 2021, the US Surgeon General issued an advisory entitled “Protecting Youth Mental Health” further defining...
Boarding for Youth Mental Health Conditions: How Can Hospitalists Be Part of the Solution?
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CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURES: Dr Leyenaar receives consulting support from the American Board of Pediatrics Foundation that is unrelated to this published work. The authors have indicated they have no potential conflicts of interest relevant to this article to disclose.
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Ryan S. Bode, Timothy E. Spiegel, JoAnna K. Leyenaar; Boarding for Youth Mental Health Conditions: How Can Hospitalists Be Part of the Solution?. Hosp Pediatr 2022; e2022006777. https://doi.org/10.1542/hpeds.2022-006777
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