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Daly, Antoinette and Craig, Sarah (2022) Annual report on the activities of Irish psychiatric units and hospitals 2021. Dublin: Health Research Board.

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The National Psychiatric In-Patient Reporting System (NPIRS) gathers data on patient admissions and discharges from psychiatric hospitals and units throughout Ireland.

  • Donegal had the highest rate of all admissions for alcoholic disorders, at 54.0 per 100,000, followed by Leitrim, at 40.6 and Waterford, at 34.4. Laois had the lowest rate of all admissions for alcoholic disorders, at 4.7 per 100,000. 
  • The average length of stay for all discharges in 2021 was 55.6 days (median 14 days). Discharges for other drug disorders had the shortest average length of stay, at 13.7 days (median 7 days).
  • Almost half for other drug disorders (47%) occurred within one week of admission. Over one-third of discharges for alcoholic disorders (35%) also occurred within one week of admission.
  • There were 284 admissions returned as having no fixed abode in 2021, of these 7% had a diagnosis of alcoholic disorders and almost 16% had a diagnosis of other drug disorders.
  • There were 25 admissions for non-residents in 2021, down from 40 in 2020 and 68 in 2019. 12% had a diagnosis of other drug disorders.

For data on admissions and discharges for alcoholic and other drug disorders, see attached spreadsheet document.

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