The impact of the 4 h target on patient care and outcomes in the Emergency Department: an analysis of hospital incidence data.

@article{Freeman2010TheIO,
  title={The impact of the 4 h target on patient care and outcomes in the Emergency Department: an analysis of hospital incidence data.},
  author={Jenny V. Freeman and Susan Jane Croft and Sue Cross and Chris Yap and Suzanne Mason},
  journal={Emergency medicine journal : EMJ},
  year={2010},
  volume={27 12},
  pages={921-7}
}
BACKGROUND Recent government initiatives in the NHS have seen patient care becoming increasingly target-driven. However, the impact of targets, particularly those based on a timeframe, have not been extensively studied, and concerns remain about unintended consequences for patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a 4 h target in the Emergency Department (ED) on patient care and outcomes. METHODS The study comprised an interrupted time-series regression analysis of… CONTINUE READING

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