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Date:11/9/2009

g resources," write researchers from Yale University School of Medicine. "Triage assessment is intended to mitigate this strain by ensuring that the most acutely ill patients are prioritized for assessment, regardless of the competing demands on ED physicians' time."

Long waiting time does more than lower patient satisfaction, the team noted. It also limits access, causes patients to leave before being seen and, "is associated with clinically significant delays in care for patients with pneumonia, cardiac symptoms and abdominal pain," they added.

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For more on making the most of your next visit to the doctor, head to the American Academy of Family Physicians.



SOURCES: Lena M. Chen, M.D., University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor; Greg Sachs, M.D., professor of medicine, director, division of general internal medicine and geriatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine, investigator, Regenstrief Institute, Inc., Indianapolis; Nov. 9, 2009, Archives of Internal Medicine


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