Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Delivering Health Care - Part 2
Lecture:Retail Clinics, Urgent Care Centers, and Emergency Departments as Venues for Health Care
Slide content:Why So Many ED Visits? Upstate New York - 45% of potentially unnecessary ER cases were seen between 9 am and 5 pm Hours of operation not necessarily an issue Could this be a consequence of the primary care crisis? 9
Slide notes:So why are there so many emergency room visits? In an example from upstate New York, forty-five percent of potentially unnecessary ER cases occurred between 9 am and 5 pm. This means that the hours of operation of primary care clinics are not necessarily the issue. In fact, the statistics suggest that patients simply cannot be seen in primary care clinics between 9 am and 5 pm and therefore, they seek care in emergency rooms. Could this be a consequence of the primary care crisis discussed in the previous lecture? 9