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Activities of Irish psychiatric units and hospitals 2015. Main findings.


Antoinette Daly, Sarah Craig

Subject Keywords: Psychiatric Unit
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland

The Activities of Irish Psychiatric Units and Hospitals 2015 report provides a wide range of data on national admissions, national discharges and deaths, Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs), hospital type, and child and adolescent admissions in Ireland during 2015. 

The report shows a small increase in admissions from 17,797 in 2014 to 17,860 in 2015. First admissions also increased by 172, from 5,942 in 2014 to 6,114 in 2015. However, looking at trends over time, there has been a 12% decline in total admissions in the ten-year period from 2006–2015, from 20,288 in 2006 to 17,860 in 2015. The number of re-admissions has also shown a decline, dropping 20% from 14,687 in 2006 to 11,746 in 2015. First admissions increased by 9% over the same period of time, from 5,601 in 2006 to 6,114 in 2015.

In line with the policy to close the older psychiatric hospitals, admissions to psychiatric hospitals/continuing care units continue to decrease. In the ten-year period from 2006-2015, admissions to psychiatric hospitals dropped by 50% from 6,400 in 2006 to 3,187 in 2015. Admissions to general hospital psychiatric units increased by 3% and admissions to independent private and private charitable centres increased by 12% in the same period. 





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Suggested citation:

Antoinette Daly, Sarah Craig. (2016) Activities of Irish psychiatric units and hospitals 2015. Main findings. [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 25th June 2019].


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