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OBJECTIVE To compare the characteristics of US adults by frequency of emergency department (ED) utilisation, specifically the prevalence of chronic diseases and outpatient primary care and mental health utilisation. METHODS We analysed 157 818 adult participants of the 2004-2009 US National Health Interview Survey, an annual nationally representative(More)
INTRODUCTION Reducing non-urgent emergency department (ED) visits has been targeted as a method to produce cost savings. To better describe these visits, we sought to compare resource utilization of ED visits characterized as non-urgent at triage to immediate, emergent, or urgent (IEU) visits. METHODS We performed a retrospective, cross-sectional analysis(More)
BACKGROUND The rates of emergency department (ED) utilization vary substantially by type of health insurance, but the association between health insurance type and patient-reported reasons for seeking ED care is unknown. OBJECTIVE We evaluated the association between health insurance type and self-perceived acuity or access issues among individuals(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify and describe potentially preventable emergency department (ED) visits by nursing home (NH) residents in the United States. These visits are important because they are common, frequently lead to hospitalization, and can be associated with significant cost to the patient and the health care system. DESIGN Retrospective analysis of the(More)
OBJECTIVES Previous studies have noted a sharp increase in utilization of physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs), up to 13% of all U.S. emergency department (ED) visits in 2005. The authors sought to reevaluate utilization and visit acuity for these midlevel providers (MLPs) in U.S. EDs from 2006 to 2009. METHODS This was a secondary(More)
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