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A 2019 survey reported that 6% of the general paediatric inpatient beds in the UK were occupied by children and young people (CYP) with a primary mental health disorder.1 Data suggest a significant impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of CYP,2 3 with anecdotal reports of increased CYP with mental health problems in acute paediatric care, although the impact on inpatient care has not been studied. We surveyed a network of paediatricians with an interest in eating disorders about their experiences of inpatient admissions for mental health reasons in the first quarter of 2021.
This is an anonymous online survey, circulated in April 2021, to an established network of 62 paediatricians from 62 paediatric units in England. We asked for estimates of numbers, proportions and clinical care required for patients admitted with primary …
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Contributors LDH and SC conceived the survey and designed it with KNS. LDH collected the data and prepared the first draft.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.