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Cushing AM, Bucholz E, Michelson KA
Trends in regionalization of emergency care for common pediatric conditions.
This study examined trends in regionalization of emergency care for common pediatric conditions. The authors sought to determine how the likelihood of definitive care has changed for 3 common conditions: asthma, croup, and gastroenteritis. They used the National Emergency Department Sample Database to study children from 2008 to 2016 who presented to emergency departments with those primary diagnoses, excluding critically ill patients. Researchers conducted analyses by stratification of annual emergency department pediatric volume categorized by quartiles. Referral rates increased for all conditions in all volume quartiles, with referral rates greatest in the lowest pediatric volume quartile.
Citation: Cushing AM, Bucholz E, Michelson KA . Trends in regionalization of emergency care for common pediatric conditions. Pediatrics 2020 Apr;145(4). doi: 10.1542/peds.2019-2989..
Keywords: Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), Children/Adolescents, Emergency Department, Asthma, Respiratory Conditions, Digestive Disease and Health, Healthcare Delivery