Journal article

Presentation patterns and outcomes of patients with cancer accessing care in emergency departments in Victoria, Australia

Dania M van der Meer, Tracey J Weiland, Jennifer Philip, George A Jelinek, Mark Boughey, Jonathan Knott, Claudia H Marck, Jennifer L Weil, Heather P Lane, Anthony J Dowling, Anne-Maree Kelly

SUPPORTIVE CARE IN CANCER | SPRINGER | Published : 2016

Abstract

PURPOSE: People with cancer attend emergency departments (EDs) for many reasons. Improved understanding of the specific needs of these patients may assist in optimizing health service delivery. ED presentation and hospital utilization characteristics were explored for people with cancer and compared with those patients without cancer. METHODS: This descriptive, retrospective, multicentre cohort study used hospital administrative data. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to summarise and compare ED presentation characteristics amongst cancer and non-cancer groups. Predictive analyses were used to identify ED presentation features predictive of hospital admission for cancer patien..

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