Heavy users of an emergency department--a two year follow-up study.

  title={Heavy users of an emergency department--a two year follow-up study.},
  author={K Genell Andr{\'e}n and Urban Rosenqvist},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  volume={25 7},
Persons who repeatedly turn to emergency departments (ED) for medical services often have an unfavourable social situation. Very little is known about how their situation and utilization of ED services change with time. In the present study, 232 persons who had made 4+ visits to an ED during the previous year were followed for two years. In the first year 31% and in the second 19% of the original group remained heavy users of the ED. Patients diagnosed as having bronchial asthma remained heavy… CONTINUE READING

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