Patients Who Leave Without Being Seen in Emergency Departments: An Analysis of Predictive Factors and Outcomes
Joanne Tropea, Vijaya Sundararajan, Alexandra Gorelik, Marcus Kennedy, Peter Cameron, Caroline A Brand
ACADEMIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE | WILEY | Published : 2012
OBJECTIVES: The objective was to identify predictive factors and outcomes associated with patients who leave emergency departments (EDs) without being seen in Victoria, Australia. METHODS: This was a retrospective observational study of Victorian ED patient visits between July 1, 2000, and June 30, 2005, using linked hospital, ED, and death registration data. Index ED visits were identified for patients who left without being seen (LWBS) and for those who completed ED treatment and were discharged home. Statistical analyses included a general description and univariate analysis of patient, ED visit, temporal, and hospital-level factors. Logistic regression models were developed to assess ris..View full abstract
The authors acknowledge a Melbourne Health Research Lottery Grant (JT,CB).