Frequent users of the emergency department in a universal health coverage system : a randomized controlled trial of a case-management intervention

TitreFrequent users of the emergency department in a universal health coverage system : a randomized controlled trial of a case-management intervention
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsBodenmann, P, Velonaki, V-S, Baggio, S, Iglesias, K, Moschetti, K, Ruggeri, O, Hugli, O, Burnand, B, Wasserfallen, J-B, Vu, F, Daeppen, J-B
Conference NameJournal of General Internal Medicine
Publisher38th Annual Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine, April 22-25, 2015 in Toronto, Canada
ISBN Number0884-8734 (Print) - 1525-1497 (Online)
Abstract

{BACKGROUND: Frequent emergency department users represent a small number of patients but account for a large number of emergency department visits. They should be a focus because they are often vulnerable patients with many risk factors affecting their quality of life (QoL). Case management interventions have resulted in a significant decrease in emergency department visits, but association with QoL has not been assessed. One aim of our study was to examine to what extent an interdisciplinary case management intervention, compared to standard emergency care, improved frequent emergency department users' QoL. METHODS: Data are part of a randomized, controlled trial designed to improve frequent emergency department users' QoL and use of health-care resources at the Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland. In total, 250 frequent emergency department users (≥5 attendances during the previous 12 months; ≥ 18 years of age) were interviewed between May 2012 and July 2013. Following an assessment focused on social characteristics; social, mental, and somatic determinants of health; risk behaviors; health care use; and QoL, participants were randomly assigned to the control or the intervention group (n=125 in each group). The final sample included 194 participants (20 deaths, 36 dropouts

URLhttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11606-015-3271-0
Citation Key / SERVAL IDserval:BIB_832E490F15A3
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