Journal article

Frequent Attendance to the Emergency Department after Release from Prison: a Prospective Data Linkage Study

Amanda Butler, Alexander D Love, Jesse T Young, Stuart A Kinner



The aim of this paper was to identify characteristics and predictors of frequent emergency department (ED) use among people released from prisons in Queensland, Australia. Baseline interview data from a sample of sentenced adults were linked to ED and hospital records. The association between baseline characteristics and frequent ED attendance was modelled by fitting multivariate logistic regression models. Participants who had ≥ 4 visits to the ED in any 365-day period of community follow-up were defined as frequent attenders (FA). The analyses included 1307 people and mean follow-up time in the community was 1063 days. After adjusting for covariates, those with a dual diagnoses of mental i..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC

Awarded by NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

The Passports study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Strategic Award APP409966 and NHMRC Project Grant APP1002463. Amanda Butler is supported by an Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Australian Government, Department of Education and Training and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Research Award. Stuart Kinner is supported by NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship APP1078168. Jesse Young is supported by a Melbourne International Research Scholarship (PhD) from the University of Melbourne.