Repeat patients to the emergency department in a statewide database.

  title={Repeat patients to the emergency department in a statewide database.},
  author={Lawrence J. Cook and Stacey Knight and Edward P Junkins and Norman Mann and J. Michael Dean and Lenora M. Olson},
  journal={Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine},
  volume={11 3},
OBJECTIVES To describe the epidemiology of repeat users of the emergency department (ED) using a statewide database. METHODS Probabilistic linkage was used to convert three years of statewide ED visit data into a longitudinal, patient-based data set. Patients were classified as single, repeat (at least two visits within three years), or serial (four or more visits within a 365-day period) users of the ED. Serial patients were further stratified by the number of EDs attended. Descriptive… CONTINUE READING

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