• Factors Influencing Pediatric Emergency Department Visits for Low-Acuity Conditions

    10 days ago - By Pediatric Emergency Care

    Objectives
    Emergency department overcrowding is a growing problem, and pediatric patients are contributing. In this study, we aimed to determine which factors influence parents or guardians to choose the ED over their primary care physician .
    Methods
    A cross-sectional, online survey was administered in an academic hospital pediatric ED from September to October 2017. The 21-question survey was offered to the parents or guardians of pediatric patients triaged as low acuity. The survey assessed establishment and availability of their PCP, perception of illness or injury severity, reasons for...
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  • Maternal Confidence and Emergency Department Utilization Among Infants

    Maternal Confidence and Emergency Department Utilization Among Infants

    10 days ago - By Pediatric Emergency Care

    Objectives
    To determine if maternal confidence affects emergency department utilization in the first year of life.
    Methods
    This retrospective cohort study examined the Maternal Confidence Questionnaire responses from a longitudinal birth cohort study and ED visits for these subjects across all Inova hospitals from January 2012 to July 2017 for full-term children 12 months or younger at the time of visit. Using logistic regression, maternal confidence, maternal race/ethnicity, age, education, parity, and insurance were evaluated against Emergency Severity Index acuity levels and ED visit...
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