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Factors affecting outpatient follow-up compliance of emergency department patients

Demetrios N. Kyriacou, Dan Handel, Adam C. Stein, Regina R. Nelson

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Emergency department (ED) patients often fail to follow-up with referrals to outpatient clinics and physicians. OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of 2 ED discharge instructional methods on outpatient follow-up compliance and to evaluate sociodemographic characteristics as possible factors affecting outpatient follow-up compliance. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS: Randomized trial of ED patients. At discharge, the intervention group had their follow-up appointment made and the standard group was given our hospital's referral service phone number to make their own follow-up appointment. MEASUREMENTS: Outpatient clinics were called 1 month after each subject's ED discharge to ascertain if they followed-up. Poisson regression was used to examine the effects of sociodemographic factors on follow-up compliance. RESULTS: Of 287 eligible subjects, 250 (87%) agreed to participate. Follow-up rates were 59% for the intervention group and 37% for the standard group (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)938-942
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of General Internal Medicine
Volume20
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2005

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Keywords

  • Emergency department
  • Follow-up compliance
  • Outpatient

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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Brief report : Factors affecting outpatient follow-up compliance of emergency department patients. / Kyriacou, Demetrios N.; Handel, Dan; Stein, Adam C.; Nelson, Regina R.

In: Journal of General Internal Medicine, Vol. 20, No. 10, 10.2005, p. 938-942.

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Kyriacou, Demetrios N. ; Handel, Dan ; Stein, Adam C. ; Nelson, Regina R. / Brief report : Factors affecting outpatient follow-up compliance of emergency department patients. In: Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2005 ; Vol. 20, No. 10. pp. 938-942.
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