Journal article

Socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of re-presentation to an Australian inner-city emergency department: implications for service delivery

Gaye Moore, Marie Gerdtz, Elizabeth Manias, Graham Hepworth, Andrew Dent

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: People who have complex health care needs frequently access emergency departments for treatment of acute illness and injury. In particular, evidence suggests that those who are homeless, or suffer mental illness, or have a history of substance misuse, are often repeat users of emergency departments. The aim of this study was to describe the socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of emergency department re-presentations. Re-presentation was defined as a return visit to the same emergency department within 28 days of discharge from hospital. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted of emergency department presentations occurring over a 24-month period to an Austr..

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