Do Emergency Department Patients Receive a Pathological Diagnosis? A Nationally-Representative Sample

@inproceedings{Wen2015DoED,
  title={Do Emergency Department Patients Receive a Pathological Diagnosis? A Nationally-Representative Sample},
  author={Leana S Wen and Janice A. Espinola and Joshua M. Mosowsky and Carlos Arturo Camargo},
  booktitle={The western journal of emergency medicine},
  year={2015}
}
INTRODUCTION Understanding the cause of patients' symptoms often requires identifying a pathological diagnosis. A single-center study found that many patients discharged from the emergency department (ED) do not receive a pathological diagnosis. We analyzed 17 years of data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) to identify the proportion of patients who received a pathological diagnosis at ED discharge. We hypothesized that many patients do not receive a… CONTINUE READING
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