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After-hours care affects emergency department use in Leduc
Date:8/11/2011

ying to best serve their patients," said Frank.

Jones agrees. "These two types of patients, it has been argued in the literature, can be well served in a physician's office rather than an emergency department, but they contribute to emergency department overcrowding."

The after-hours clinic provided access to a physician between the hours of 6󈝶 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

"This study provides further evidence that offering these services can positively impact emergency department use, and while we have to be careful about population size and intervention, we did see a definite reduction in emergency room visits," said Jones.


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Contact: Sandra Pysklywyc
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University of Alberta
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