This population epidemiology study uses US Renal Data System data to characterize emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations from the ED, and demographic characteristics of patients with end-stage renal disease who used ED services between 2005 and 2011.
This cohort study examines associations between medical clinician continuity and health care testing, utilization, and spending of older adults with dementia..
This cohort study investigates whether referral to the hospital is associated with better outcomes in a population of patients presenting with hypertensive urgency in the office setting.
This study uses data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey to examine whether a triage determination of nonurgent status in the emergency department ruled out the possibility of serious pathologic conditions, as compared with visits deemed as urgent.
This study examined the patterns of hospital use of all patients with more than 5 emergency department visits to Maryland hospitals in 2014 to determine whether high utilizers can be identified by data from individual hospitals.
This study examines the trends in the use of computed tomography in patients who present to emergency departments with respiratory symptoms.
This cohort study of appropriate orders for urinalysis determines whether overuse of urinalysis contributes to misdiagnosis and excessive use of antibiotics among elderly patients admitted to the emergency department of a tertiary care center.
This data analysis identified outpatient and emergency department process measures to determine to what extent the measures preferentially target underuse vs overuse.
This population epidemiology study uses medical claims data to assess associations between participation in a US medical home intervention and changes in quality and utilization of care.
This Editorial discusses overuse of medical services and proposes ways to assess and reduce patterns of overuse.
This difference-in-difference quasi-experimental study found that granting states permission to collect copayments for nonurgent visits under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 did not significantly change ED or outpatient medical provider use among Medicaid beneficiaries. See the Invited Commentary by Baicker and Levy.
This retrospective study of ED visits by adults shows that cardiac biomarker testing in the ED is common even among those without symptoms suggestive of acute coronary syndrome.
Among drug-using emergency department patients, Bogenschutz and colleagues contrast the effects of a brief intervention with telephone boosters with those of (1) screening, assessment, and referral to treatment and (2) minimal screening only, finding that even a relatively robust brief intervention did not improve substance use outcomes.