Stress-related hospital admissions up 7% this year
13 September 2012
The number of people admitted to hospital for stress in England increased by 7% in the 12 months to May 2012, new figures reveal.
Data published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows that hospitals dealt with 6,370 stress-related admissions in the 12 months to May, up from 5,960 for the previous 12-month period.
The report – which considers admissions only and not cases dealt with solely in A&E – shows the number of patients suffering from stress increased at a faster rate than admissions overall, which rose by 2%.
Men accounted for slightly more admissions (54%) than women, and admissions generally rose with age until 50, at which point they declined steadily.
Admissions for anxiety fell slightly in the 12 months to May, by 3% from 8,810 to 8,590.
Women accounted for nearly two thirds (63%) of all anxiety admissions, and admissions for this condition were highest among the elderly.
Tim Straughan, chief executive of HSCIC, 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.”
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