Pattern of psychiatric in-patient admissions in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Karim Abdel Aziz, Dina Aly El-Gabry, Mouza Al-Sabousi, Ghanem Al-Hassani, Moataz M. Ragheb, Mohamed Elhassan Elamin, Mohamed Abdel-Maksoud, Emmanuel Stip, Aidroos Al-Aidroos, Tareq Al-Shehhi, Danilo Arnone

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An understanding of the current state of mental health services in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from a clinical perspective is an important step in advising government and stakeholders on addressing the mental health needs of the fast-growing population. We conducted a retrospective study of data on all patients admitted to a regional psychiatric in-patient unit between June 2012 and May 2015. More Emiratis (UAE nationals) were admitted compared with expatriates. Emiratis were diagnosed more frequently with substance use disorders and expatriates with stress-related conditions. Psychotic and bipolar disorders were the most common causes for admission and had the longest in-patient stays; advancing age was associated with longer duration of in-patient stay.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-50
Number of pages5
JournalBJPsych International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2021


  • United Arab Emirates
  • bipolar disorder
  • psychiatry
  • psychosis
  • substance misuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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