Reasons for using the emergency department: results of the EMPATH Study.

@article{Ragin2005ReasonsFU,
  title={Reasons for using the emergency department: results of the EMPATH Study.},
  author={Deborah Fish Ragin and Ula Hwang and Rita Kay Cydulka and Dave Holson and Leon L. Haley and Christopher F. Richards and Bruce M. Becker and Lynne D. Richardson},
  journal={Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine},
  year={2005},
  volume={12 12},
  pages={
          1158-66
        }
}
OBJECTIVES Emergency Medicine Patients' Access To Healthcare (EMPATH) was a cross-sectional, observational study conducted to identify the principal reasons why patients seek care in hospital emergency departments (EDs) in the United States. METHODS Twenty-eight U.S. hospitals, stratified by geographic region and hospital characteristics, participated in this study. Demographic, clinical, and insurance data were collected for a 24-hour period at each site, using chart reviews and a structured… CONTINUE READING
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