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Nancy Koroloff

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work




Mentally ill -- Care -- Oregon, Hospitals -- Emergency services -- Oregon



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1 online resource (104 p.)


The purpose of this survey was to obtain information from hospital emergency room staff on each mental health admission during the period of December 15, 1977 to January 15, 1978. Mental health admissions were broadly defined to include those people who were experiencing an observable mental health difficulty, but who may have initially presented primary medical problems. At the request of Multnomah County Mental Health Division's Management Team, and with the approval of the Emergency Department Nurses Association (EDNA), questionnaires were distributed among 16 general hospitals in the Portland, Oregon, Tri-County area. These hospitals are located in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington Counties.

This survey represents the first attempt (1) to obtain information on an area-wide basis, on emergency room (ER) treatment of mental health admissions; and (2) to ascertain the availability and use of community mental health resources. The collection of such information is important to planning for comprehensive mental health services and in improving the existing service delivery system.


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