Frequent attendance at the emergency department

Yorkshire & HumberGeneric Health Relevance
Start Date: 1 Jul 2014

It is recognised that a small number of patients make frequent use of the ED and account for a disproportionate amount of the total ED workload.1 Recent press coverage has highlighted the problem of frequent attenders with the public by identifying those Emergency Departments in the UK who rank highest in having a frequently attending patient.2 The study by Vinton3 et al has shed more light on the profile of these patients through a large population-based study in the USA. 

Prof Suzanne M Mason