From MedPage Today:
People who use the emergency department (ED) frequently generally are not abusing the system, researchers suggested.
According to several studies presented at the meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in Denver, most patients with one or more return visits to the ED are seeking such care appropriately.
In addition, the minority of ED patients are frequent users — ranging from 2.1% to 19.9% in the studies presented at the meeting, depending on the definition — although such patients do account for a disproportionate percentage of the visits (11.5% to 39.7%).
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