After-hours PCP care may curb ED visits, unmet health needs

01/1/2013 | American Medical News (free content)

Patients who had less difficulty reaching their primary care physicians after business hours were less likely to visit the emergency department and had fewer unmet medical needs than those who were not able to reach their doctors after hours. The findings, published in Health Affairs, suggest that ED utilization could be reduced if more primary care physicians were accessible after hours, researchers said.

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