'Inappropriate' attenders at accident and emergency departments I: definition, incidence and reasons for attendance.

@article{Murphy1998InappropriateAA,
  title={'Inappropriate' attenders at accident and emergency departments I: definition, incidence and reasons for attendance.},
  author={Andrew W. Murphy},
  journal={Family practice},
  year={1998},
  volume={15 1},
  pages={23-32}
}
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Significant numbers of patients refer themselves to A&E departments for conditions which are neither accidents nor emergencies, relatively few of which require specific hospital treatment. These patients and their conditions have been described as 'inappropriate'. The objective of this paper is to review research relating to the definition, incidence and reasons for attendance of 'inappropriate' attenders. There is no accepted practical definition of what constitutes… CONTINUE READING
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