Anx­i­ety fig­ures on the in­crease

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE -

THE num­ber of peo­ple in Le­ices­ter­shire go­ing to hos­pi­tal with anx­i­ety has soared.

New fig­ures show there were around 9,220 oc­ca­sions on which peo­ple were treated at Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals of Leices­ter in 2017/18 with a pri­mary or sec­ondary di­ag­no­sis of anx­i­ety.

That was up by a fifth from around 7,805 episodes in 2016/17 - and is nearly four times higher than the fig­ure of around 2,595 in 2010/11.

It means one in 35 treat­ment episodes last year at Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals of Leices­ter in­volved peo­ple suf­fer­ing from anx­i­ety.

Within the to­tal, around 1,375 episodes in­volv­ing anx­ious pa­tients were peo­ple aged 50 to 59, while around 1,255 were aged 70 to 79.

While older pa­tients are the most likely to suf­fer from anx­i­ety, the big­gest in­crease has been in the youngest age groups.

The num­ber of episodes in­volv­ing pa­tients aged be­tween 20 and 29 with a pri­mary or sec­ondary di­ag­no­sis of anx­i­ety has gone up from around 175 in 2010/11 to around 1,255 in 2017/18.

Not all of the peo­ple will have been treated for anx­i­ety, as it may have been a sec­ondary di­ag­no­sis along­side other con­di­tions.

Doc­tors can record up to 20 di­ag­no­sis per pa­tient. The pri­mary di­ag­no­sis is the main con­di­tion treated or in­ves­ti­gated and is the first one listed, with other med­i­cal con­di­tions and fac­tors in­flu­enc­ing health that are con­sid­ered to be clin­i­cally rel­e­vant also in­cluded.

The fig­ures are based on fin­ished con­sul­tant episodes (FCE), which are a con­tin­u­ous pe­riod of ad­mit­ted pa­tient care un­der one con­sul­tant.

Fig­ures for trusts are rounded to avoid iden­ti­fy­ing in­di­vid­ual pa­tients.

In­di­vid­ual pa­tients may have more than one FCE in a year, in­clud­ing more than one in the same hos­pi­tal stay.

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