Journal article

Clinical and Economic Burden of Emergency Department Presentations for Neutropenia Following Outpatient Chemotherapy for Cancer in Victoria, Australia

Patricia M Livingston, Melinda Craike, Monica Slavin

The Oncologist | WILEY | Published : 2012


OBJECTIVE: To examine the clinical characteristics and financial charges associated with treating adult cancer patients receiving chemotherapy in outpatient clinics who presented to the emergency department (ED) with neutropenia. DESIGN AND SETTING: A retrospective audit was conducted across two health services involving ED episodes and subsequent hospital admissions of patients who received chemotherapy through day oncology from January 1 to December 31, 2007 and presented to the ED with neutropenia. ED data were collected from the Victorian Emergency Minimum Dataset and charges were collected from Health Information Services. Descriptive and bivariate statistics were used to describe the p..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Section Editors: Eduardo Bruera: None; Russell K. Portenoy: Arsenal Medical Inc., Grupo Ferrer, Transcript Pharma, Xenon (C/A); Ameritox, Archimedes Pharmaceuticals, Boston Scientific, Covidien Mallinckrodt Inc., Endo Pharmaceuticals, Forest Labs, K-Pax Pharmaceuticals, Meda Pharmaceuticals, Medtronics, Otsuka Pharma, ProStrakan, Purdue Pharma, Salix, St. Jude Medical (RF).