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Demand for public hospital emergency department services in Australia : 2000–2001 to 2009–2010

FitzGerald, Gerry, Toloo, Sam, Rego, Joanna, Ting, Joseph, Aitken, Peter, & Tippett, Vivienne (2012) Demand for public hospital emergency department services in Australia : 2000–2001 to 2009–2010. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 24(1), pp. 72-78.

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Abstract

Objective:

Hospital EDs are a significant and high-profile component of Australia’s health-care system, which in recent years have experienced considerable crowding. This crowding is caused by the combination of increasing demand, throughput and output factors. The aim of the present article is to clarify trends in the use of public ED services across Australia with a view to providing an evidence basis for future policy analysis and discussion.

Methods:

The data for the present article have been extracted, compiled and analysed from publicly available sources for a 10 year period between 2000–2001 and 2009–2010.

Results:

Demand for public ED care increased by 37% over the decade, an average annual increase of 1.8% in the utilization rate per 1000 persons. There were significant differences in utilization rates and in trends in growth among states and territories that do not easily relate to general population trends alone.

Conclusions:

This growth in demand exceeds general population growth, and the variability between states both in utilization rates and overall trends defies immediate explanation. The growth in demand for ED services is a partial contributor to the crowding being experienced in EDs across Australia. There is a need for more detailed study, including qualitative analysis of patient motivations in order to identify the factors driving this growth in demand.

Impact and interest:

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ID Code: 47990
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Emergency departments, Public hospitals, Demand, Utilisation trends, Australia, CEDM
DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-6723.2011.01492.x
ISSN: 1742-6723
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Care Administration (111709)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 The Authors. EMA Copyright 2011 Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Deposited On: 11 Jan 2012 08:11
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2014 09:27

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