Mostafa Zakaria, Ahmed Al Hassan, Waseem Abdullah, Peter Woodruff
We aimed to characterize the demographical and clinical presentation of patients presenting for urgent admission to the Psychiatry Hospital. The hypothesis is that such a delineation of clinical problems will highlight areas of need that can focus improvement in the service. Data was collected from 1 June 2015 to 31 May 2016 of all psychiatric patients seen in the emergency from 2.30 pm till 6.30 am. The data was then entered into an SPSS database for analysis.
Results so far represent data for 3.5 months, from 312 cases (mean age 32.3 + 11.5 [range 13- 80 years]). Males represented 68% of the population. Nationality was: Qatari (35%), other Arab (13.8%), Asian (36.5%), African (7.9%), European (2.4%). Apart from the two majority spoken languages of Arabic and English, 7 additional known languages included: Hindi, Bangla, Nepalese Urdu, Tamal, Singalese and Malayam. In males, main occupations included: service industry work (18.5%), manual work (18.2%); in females, maid service (21.2%), housewife (15.1%).
Common presenting complaints were abnormal behavior, aggression or self-harm ideas, and high risk behavior to self or others was prevalent. 50% had a past psychiatric history 20% with previous admissions and 10% discharged in the past week; 51% were admitted on this presentation. The most common diagnoses included: paranoid psychosis, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder; adjustment disorder and acute stress reactions were also common.