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7% rise in hospital admissions for stress

12th September 2012

More people are being admitted to hospital with stress than a year ago, according to new figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).


Stress admission rates at hospitals in England rose by 410 to 6,370 – or 7% - in the 12 months to May, compared to 5,960 in the year beforehand.

That compares with overall hospital admissions, which rose by 2% in the same period.

The HSCIC study covered stress (the feeling of being under too much emotional or mental pressure) and also anxiety (the feeling of mild or severe unease, such as worry or fear).

Those who were most likely to be admitted to hospital with stress were people of working age, from 18 to 60, with men accounting for 54% of stress admissions.

However, woman made up 63% of all anxiety admissions and admission rates were higher for females than males across all age groups, though overall anxiety admissions in that period fell by 3% from 8,810 to 8,590.

HSCIC chief executive Tim Straughan said: “It might be assumed that stress and anxiety are conditions that result in a journey to a GP consulting room rather than a hospital ward.

“However, our figures suggest thousands of cases a year arise where patients suffering from stress or anxiety become hospitalised in England.”

Highest rates were in the North-West with the lowest in the South-West.

Mr Straughan said that the report highlighted a marked contrast between stress and anxiety admissions to hospital over the last two 12 month periods.


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