Table 1

Characteristics of the study secondary and tertiary hospitals

Catchment area servedSecondary hospitalTertiary hospital
4800 people167 000 people
Total number of beds260500
Total number of emergency department visits591419 317
Number of psychiatric beds58*0
Number of beds in the emergency room224
Number of infectious diseases beds02
Number of paediatric beds†020
Proportion of the population aged 65 years and over in the city (%)3625.026.1
Unemployment rate in the city (%)362.93.6
  • *The secondary hospital is the only public institution for providing inpatient care for mental health in the area.

  • †The secondary hospital does not provide inpatient care for children due to the lack of paediatricians.