Data on 9.2 million emergency department visits in California during 2007 revealed high rates of patients who left the ED without being seen, with percentages varying from 0% to more than 20%, according to facilities. Hospitals in communities with low income or poor health coverage as well as teaching hospitals, county-owned hospitals and trauma centers had higher patient departure rates compared with other health care facilities, the study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine found.
Study finds high patient departure rates at California EDs
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