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Br J Psychiatry. 2006 Apr;188:386-91.

Emergency psychiatry, compulsory admissions and clinical presentation among immigrants to the Netherlands.

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Mental Health Group Europoort, PO Box 245, 2990 AE Barendrecht, The Netherlands. niels.clmulder@wxs.nl

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Black individuals in the UK have higher rates of contact with psychiatric emergency services than their White counterparts. It is unknown whether this is also the case in other European countries.

AIMS:

To compare the risk of contact with psychiatric emergency services and of compulsory admission between immigrant groups to The Netherlands and Dutch natives, and to determine the unique contribution of ethnicity to compulsory admission.

METHOD:

Study of 720 people referred to emergency psychiatric services in Greater Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

RESULTS:

The relative risks (RRs) for contacts with psychiatric emergency services, for having a psychotic disorder and for compulsory admission were significantly higher in most immigrant groups. Moroccans, Surinamese and Dutch Antilleans had the highest risks of compulsory admission. After controlling for symptom severity, danger, motivation for treatment and level of social functioning, non-Western origin was no longer associated with compulsory admission.

CONCLUSIONS:

Non-Western immigrant groups were overrepresented in psychiatric emergency care and were admitted compulsorily more frequently, possibly owing to a different clinical presentation.

PMID:
16582067
DOI:
10.1192/bjp.188.4.386
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