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The Emergency Medicine Capacity Assessment Study: Perceived resource requirements to support a major increase in intern numbers in Australian emergency departments

George A Jelinek, Tracey Weiland, Claire Mackinlay



INTRODUCTION: A 70% increase in graduating interns is projected in Australia from 2007 to 2012. Emergency medicine is a key term in the intern year. There is little information on the preparedness of EDs for this increase, and what resources will be required. METHODS: Semistructured telephone interview to senior and junior ED medical staff nationwide with graded responses using a Likert scale or ordinal multi-category scales to enable quantitative analysis. RESULTS: 36 of 37 targeted hospitals were surveyed. 95 of 233 (40.1%) potential interviews were completed, including 61/61 (100%) of ED Directors. Communications systems and human resource adjustments were felt to be critical, including m..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful for the assistance of all the hospitals and medical staff who completed the interviews. The study was funded by a grant from the Commonwealth of Australia Department of Health and Ageing. A report on the study (St Vincent's Health. EMCAS. Final report to the Commonwealth of Australia Department of Health and Ageing. Melbourne, 2009) was forwarded to the Commonwealth in June 2009. The Department had no role in data analysis or interpretation, or in writing of the article.