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Research Letter
October 2016

Emergency Department Use and Hospital Admissions Among Patients With End-Stage Renal Disease in the United States

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 3Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 4Renal Division, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 5Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(10):1563-1565. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.4975

Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) have the highest risk for hospitalization among those with chronic medical conditions, including heart failure, pulmonary disease, or cancer.1 However, to our knowledge, no study has examined use of the emergency department (ED) among the national Medicare population with ESRD. We sought to describe ED visits and hospitalizations through the ED and to determine the sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of patients with ESRD who use ED services in the United States.

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