The number of older patients with psychiatric disorders is rapidly increasing nationwide, yet little is known about the outcomes of care for geriatric patients with psychiatric emergencies . This population is also increasing in diversity, and as a result, emergency room clinicians must expand their awareness of ethnicity and its effect on psychiatric emergencies among older patients. Few studies have examined the utilization patterns of psychiatric emergency service (PES) by older patients, but little is known about the impact of race and ethnicity on PES clinical outcomes.

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