Title

Disparities in Emergency Department Wait Time Among Patients with Mental Health and Substance-Related Disorders

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2018

Publication Title

Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research

DOI

10.1007/s11414-017-9565-8

ISSN

1556-3308

Abstract

This study examined disparities in emergency department (ED) wait time for patients with mental health and substance-related disorders (PwMHSDs), using data from the 2009–2011 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS). Wait time was defined as the time between arrival at ED and being seen by an ED provider. Results from multivariable regression models show racial disparities, with non-Hispanic Black PwMHSDs experiencing longer ED wait time, compared to non-Hispanic White PwMHSDs. A temporal decline in ED wait time was also observed over the study period. The findings of this study have implications for informing the development of policies tailored at facilitating the delivery of equitable emergency care services to all PwMHSDs.

Share

COinS