Psychosocial factors influencing non-urgent use of the emergency room: a review of the literature and recommendations for research and improved service delivery.

@article{Padgett1992PsychosocialFI,
  title={Psychosocial factors influencing non-urgent use of the emergency room: a review of the literature and recommendations for research and improved service delivery.},
  author={Deborah Padgett and Beth Brodsky},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={1992},
  volume={35 9},
  pages={1189-97}
}
Despite dramatic increases in use of hospital emergency rooms (ERs) since the 1950s, an estimated 85% of ER visits are made for non-life-threatening reasons. Using a modified version of the Andersen and Newman model of health care utilization, this paper reviews the research literature on ER use to examine what is known about factors that influence three stages of the help-seeking process: (1) problem recognition; (2) the decision to seek help; (3) the decision to use the ER. While predisposing… CONTINUE READING

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