Journal article

Review article: Leaving the emergency department without being seen

Marcus Kennedy, Catherine E MacBean, Caroline Brand, Vijaya Sundararajan, David McD Taylor

EMERGENCY MEDICINE AUSTRALASIA | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2008

Abstract

Patients who leave the ED without being seen (LWBS) are unlikely to be satisfied with the quality of the service provided and might be at risk from conditions that have not been assessed or treated. We therefore examined the available research literature to inform the following questions: (i) In patients who attend for ED care, what factors are associated with the decision to LWBS? (ii) In patients who attend for ED care, are there adverse health outcomes associated with the decision to LWBS? (iii) Which interventions have been used to try to reduce the number of patients who attend for ED care and LWBS? From the available literature, there was insufficient evidence to draw firm conclusions;..

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