Frequent users of emergency departments: developing standard definitions and defining prominent risk factors.

@article{Doupe2012FrequentUO,
  title={Frequent users of emergency departments: developing standard definitions and defining prominent risk factors.},
  author={Malcolm B Doupe and Wes Palatnick and Suzanne Day and Dan G. Chateau and R A Soodeen and Charles A. Burchill and Shelley Derksen},
  journal={Annals of emergency medicine},
  year={2012},
  volume={60 1},
  pages={24-32}
}
STUDY OBJECTIVE We identify factors that define frequent and highly frequent emergency department (ED) users. METHODS Administrative health care records were used to define less frequent (1 to 6 visits), frequent (7 to 17 visits), and highly frequent (≥18 visits) ED users. Analyses were conducted to determine the most unique demographic, disease, and health care use features of these groups. RESULTS Frequent users composed 9.9% of all ED visits, whereas highly frequent users composed 3.6… CONTINUE READING
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