Recent data for the mental health sector:

50% of our adult population will experience a diagnosable mental health event in their adult lifetime.

With a diagnostic error rate of 50% that means 25% of our adult population is living in avoidable distressed life health circumstances.

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Below presents the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) June 2011 report summary.

There is no data reference to race data collection except to report that our Indigenous community have re-admission rates three times that of the main stream.  

June 10, 2011   |   Volume 15 Issue 23

Mental health readmission rates reveal care challenge

About one in nine patients hospitalized for mental illness were readmitted within 30 days after discharge in 2009-10, the Canadian Institute of Health Information says in its 2011 Health Indicators report released Wednesday. Mental health services are the focus of this year’s report.

The 30-day readmission rate of 11.4 per cent may point not only to sub-optimal discharge planning, but signal the need for better continuity of mental health services after discharge.

Both of these possibilities are reinforced by the fact that two of five (41 per cent) mental health readmissions occurred within a week of discharge, and almost two-thirds (64 per cent) took place within just 14 days.

Among provinces, 30-day readmission rates were highest in British Columbia (12.9 per cent) and lowest in Manitoba (9.6 per cent).

Nearly a third of short-term readmissions occurred with patients who had been hospitalized multiple times for mental health issues within a 12-month period. These patients also accounted for 28 per cent of all mental health hospitalizations and 27 per cent of the total number of patient days.

Another topic explored in the CIHI report is hospitalization due to self-injury.

In 2009–2010, approximately 17,500 Canadians – 45 people a day – were admitted to hospital after attempting suicide or deliberately harming themselves.

Across the country, health regions had a self-injury hospitalization rate of 65 per 100,000 population but it was almost six times higher in Nunavut and three times higher in the two other territories. Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick had the highest rates among provincial health regions at 81 per 100,000.

Young women age 15 to 19 were the most likely to self-injure. Women in this age group had a self-injury hospitalization rate of more than 140 per 100,000 – more than double the rate of men in the same age category.

CIHI says self-injury rates are another indicator of access to community care.

“While suicide and self-harming behaviours are very complex, they are considered largely preventable when accessible and effective community-based intervention strategies are in place,” Kira Leeb, CIHI’s director of health system performance, said in a news release.

CIHI’s Health Indicators report is produced in partnership with Statistics Canada, and presents more than 40 comparable measures of health and health system performance by health region, province and territory. It can be found at www.cihi.ca.