Journal article

A population-based analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on common abdominal and gynecological emergency department visits

David Gomez, Andrea N Simpson, Colin Sue-Chue-Lam, Charles de Mestral, Fahima Dossa, Jordan Nantais, Andrew S Wilton, David Urbach, Peter C Austin, Nancy N Baxter

CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOURNAL | CMA-CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOC | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Reduced use of the emergency department during the COVID-19 pandemic may result in increased disease acuity when patients do seek health care services. We sought to evaluate emergency department visits for common abdominal and gynecologic conditions before and at the beginning of the pandemic to determine whether changes in emergency department attendance had serious consequences for patients. METHODS: We conducted a population-based analysis using administrative data to evaluate the weekly rate of emergency department visits pre-COVID-19 (Jan. 1-Mar. 10, 2020) and during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic (Mar. 11-June 30, 2020), compared with a historical control period (Ja..

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Grants

Awarded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by the Ontario Health Data Platform, as well as a foundation grant (148470) from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Nancy Baxter). Colin Sue-Chue-Lam is supported by a Ministry of Health Clinician Investigator Program Award. Dr. Austin is supported by a Mid-Career Investigator Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.