From the Editor
Younger and sicker.
This week, we look at a new paper published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry considering ethnicity and hospitalizations. Drawing on Ontario data, researchers looked at psychiatric hospitalizations for people of Chinese and South Asian descent, finding that they were younger and more ill at the time of admission.
Lead author Maria Chiu of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences told the Toronto Star:
Cultural factors play a big role in these findings. While Asian people tend to have stronger family support, they are also faced with a higher level of stigma and it prevents people from seeking help early. Families may try to cope and keep the illness within the family until there is no choice but to go to hospital.
This paper is well designed. It’s also important, speaking to larger issues about access, stigma, and ethnicity.