How are emergency departments (EDs) in the United States utilized by patients with primary otologic complaints?
Background: Otologic complaints are commonly treated in the ED setting. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act aims to insure a greater number of Americans, and this influx will likely contribute to an additional strain on EDs. Although not all ED patients with otologic complaints will require complex management, it is vital to understand the extent of otologic disease evaluated in the ED setting.
Explore this issue:August 2015
Study design: Retrospective analysis of the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) from 2009 through 2011, published by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project and sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Setting: Department of Otology and Laryngology, Harvard Medical School, Boston.