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dc.contributor.authorParkinson, B
dc.contributor.authorMeacock, R
dc.contributor.authorCheckland, K
dc.contributor.authorSutton, M
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-26T23:02:28Z
dc.date.available2020-11-26T23:02:28Z
dc.date.issued2021-01-01
dc.identifier.citationParkinson, B., Meacock, R., Checkland, K. & Sutton, M. (2021). Clarifying the concept of avoidable emergency department attendance. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 26 (1), pp.68-73. https://doi.org/10.1177/1355819620921894.
dc.identifier.issn1355-8196
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/252084
dc.description.abstractEmergency department attendances are rising in several countries. Many of the policies aimed at reducing emergency department attendances are based on the assumption that a proportion of current utilization is ‘avoidable’ and therefore could be reduced. In considering how to achieve this aim, it is important to first understand the problem. In this essay, we review the literature on the concept and identification of avoidable emergency department attendances in England. We identified three areas of inconsistency surrounding avoidable emergency department attendances: the terminology, the underlying definition, and the method used to identify avoidable attendances. We offer a more nuanced definition which may better support action to reduce emergency department activity. Recognizing that there are different types of undesirable utilization which vary by underlying causes and potential solutions will aid policy makers in identifying areas where policies targeting reductions in emergency department attendances would best be directed.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherSAGE Publications
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
dc.titleClarifying the concept of avoidable emergency department attendance
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1355819620921894
melbourne.affiliation.departmentMelbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
melbourne.source.titleJournal of Health Services Research and Policy
melbourne.source.volume26
melbourne.source.issue1
melbourne.source.pages68-73
dc.rights.licenseCC BY
melbourne.elementsid1453298
melbourne.contributor.authorSutton, Matthew
dc.identifier.eissn1758-1060
melbourne.accessrightsOpen Access


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