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Keywords:

  • elderly;
  • 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.