Table 1

Characteristics of study sample (n=323)

Age (years) (mean±SD)31±17
  Range (years)7–88
Gender: female (%)57.00
Demographics (%)
 Student32.50
 On ODSP20.40
 Employed19.50
 Married10.50
Chief complaint (%)
 Suicidal ideation47.10
 Psychosis16.70
 Disruptive/aggressive behaviour13.30
 Mood/anxiety9.60
 Overdose9.00
 Homicidal ideation2.20
 Other (delirium, functional decline)1.50
Medical/psychiatric history (%)
 Current psychotropic medication80.80
 Concurrent medical diagnosis70.90
 Concurrent psychiatric diagnosis92.90
 Concurrent substance use disorder17.60
Substance use (%)
 Alcohol
  Current41.2
  Past54.80
 Cannabis
  Current36.80
  Past46.10
 Tobacco
  Current32.20
  Past37.50
 Stimulants
  Current14.90
  Past25.40
 Injection
  Current4.60
  Past5.90
Drug screening (%)
 Blood alcohol level (BAL) ordered19
   Negative result73
   Ordered by psychiatry15
 Urine drug screen (UDS) ordered28
   Negative result27
   Ordered by psychiatry65
 Both BAL and UDS ordered28
   Double-negative result27
  • ODSP, Ontario Disability Support Program.