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Research Studies is a monthly compilation of research articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers and recently published in journals or newsletters.
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Allen L, Cummings JR, Hockenberry JM
The impact of urgent care centers on nonemergent emergency department visits.
This study looked at the impact of urgent care centers on nonemergency emergency department (ED) use. Secondary data from a novel urgent care center database, linked to the HCUP State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD) from six states was used. Data from ZIP codes with no urgent care centers served as a control group compared to areas with local urgent care centers. Having an open urgent care center in a ZIP code reduced the total number of ED visits by residents by 17.2% largely due to visits for less urgent conditions. The effect was concentrated in areas with hospitals with the longest ED wait times. The total number of uninsured visits to the ED were reduced by 21% and for Medicaid visits by 29.1%.
Citation: Allen L, Cummings JR, Hockenberry JM . The impact of urgent care centers on nonemergent emergency department visits. Health Serv Res 2021 Aug;56(4):721-30. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.13631..
Keywords: Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), Emergency Department, Healthcare Utilization, Access to Care
Daniel VT, Rushing AP, Ingraham AM
Association between operating room access and mortality for life-threatening general surgery emergencies.
Few diseases truly require emergency surgery today. In this study, the authors investigated the relationship between access to operating room (OR) and outcomes for patients with life-threatening emergency general surgery (LT-EGS) diseases at US hospitals. The investigators concluded that round-the-clock availability of personnel, specifically emergency general surgeons and recovery room nurses, is associated with decreased mortality.
Citation: Daniel VT, Rushing AP, Ingraham AM . Association between operating room access and mortality for life-threatening general surgery emergencies. J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2019 Jul;87(1):35-42. doi: 10.1097/ta.0000000000002267..
Keywords: Access to Care, Emergency Department, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), Mortality, Outcomes, Surgery