Paradoxical visits to the emergency department: are we meeting patients' needs?

John Talbot
December 2016

The subject of increasing emergency department (ED) visits is well recognised by western healthcare systems. In particular, whether it was necessary or appropriate for many of these patients to visit ED remains a vexed question. As such, understanding sub populations that visit the emergency department may offer insight and data into how best to deliver the right services in the right settings, while informing operational planning for ambulance services.

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