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Research Letter
June 2016

Urgent Care Needs Among Nonurgent Visits to the Emergency Department

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California San Francisco
  • 2Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California San Francisco
  • 3Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(6):852-854. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.0878

The goal of triage is to prioritize patients who need to be seen most urgently; it is essential for providing the highest quality of care to the sickest patients.1 We sought to determine whether a triage determination of nonurgent status in the emergency department (ED) effectively ruled out the possibility of serious pathologic conditions, as indicated by visits resulting in diagnostic screening, procedures, hospitalization, or death, and compared these findings with visits deemed as urgent from triage.

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