Journal article

Review article: Clinical characteristics and outcomes of patient presentations to the emergency department via police: A scoping review

Julia Crilly, Amy NB Johnston, Marianne Wallis, Josea Polong-Brown, Ed Heffernan, Gerard Fitzgerald, Jesse T Young, Stuart Kinner

Emergency Medicine Australasia | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

People brought in by police (BIBP) to the ED are a potentially vulnerable group. This narrative scoping review aimed to identify, evaluate and summarise current literature regarding the frequency of presentation, demographic and clinical profile of patients (including reason for presentation), care delivery, and outcomes for people BIBP to the ED, and identify current gaps in knowledge. The review involved searching EMBASE, CINAHL and PubMed using a combination of terms: emergency/ED coupled with police custody/watch house or police presentation, for papers published in English language from January 2006 to November 2017. A total of 20 studies met the inclusion criteria. These included 17 ob..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Vinah Anderson (VA) for her research assistance with this review. This review was supported by a Griffith University Health Practice Innovation Seed Grant.