Using Hospital ED Data to Identify Mental Illness Trends After Hurricane Sandy

Description: 

EDCC data provides an opportunity for capturing the early mental health impact of disaster events at the community level, and to track their impact over time. However, while rapid mental health assessment can facilitate a better understanding of the acute post-disaster period and aid early identification of persons at long-term risk,1 determining how wide a net to effectively capture the critical range of mental health sub-categories has not yet been clearly defined. This project creates a comprehensive set of mental health sub-category keywords, and applies them to evaluate short- and long-term trends in postHurricane Sandy mental health outcomes in New York State.

Objective

To define mental health keywords using daily hospital emergency department chief complaint (EDCC) data during and after Hurricane Sandy 2) To track short- and long-term trends in mental health EDCCs. 3) To compare mental health EDCCs in affected counties to the rest of the New York State population.

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Original Publication Year: 
2014
Event/Publication Date: 
September, 2014

December 20, 2017

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