Characteristics of elderly people using the psychiatric emergency system
Article first published online: 27 APR 2009
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology
Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Volume 63, Issue 4, pages 577–579, August 2009
How to Cite
Sawayama, E., Takahashi, M., Arai, H., Nakajima, K., Kano, A., Sawayama, T. and Miyaoka, H. (2009), Characteristics of elderly people using the psychiatric emergency system. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 63: 577–579. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1819.2009.01975.x
- Issue published online: 16 JUL 2009
- Article first published online: 27 APR 2009
- Received 1 August 2007; revised 9 February 2009; accepted 21 February 2009.
- police call;
- psychiatric emergency
We investigated the differences between elderly and under-65-year-old patients using the psychiatric emergency system. The following characteristics were more common in elderly patients than in younger patients: organic mental disorder, mood disorder, dementia, disturbed consciousness, no excitation, physical complications, no history of visiting a psychiatrist and no history of hospitalization. In addition, significantly more elderly patients with mood disorder attempt suicide.