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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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ACERO GONZALEZ, Ángela Rocío  and  VASQUEZ, Rafael. Child Psychiatry in the Children’s Hospital. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2007, vol.36, n.3, pp.460-470. ISSN 0034-7450.

Introduction: This paper describes and analyzes the patient population seen at a child and adolescent psychiatry service in a third-level hospital which is a referral center for other institutions, during 2005. Methods: We reviewed the statistics of the child psychiatry service and we used the info of the total number of appointments in 2006. Results: ADHD was the most frequent diagnosis, followed by anxiety disorders. Depressive disorders came in third place. Mental retardation was fourth and adaptive disorders fi fth. Ten year old boys were the prototype, and the highest number of appointments were given during the month of August. Conclusions: The analysis of this population shows great differences with previous studies made in non-hospital contexts. Due to the fact of the hospital being a referral site attending pathologies of greater complexity, the prevalence of all the disorders is remarkably higher.

Keywords : Information systems; ambulatory care; child psychiatry; attention defi cit disorder with hyperactivity; anxiety; mental retardation.

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