Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Emergency department utilization patterns in patients with diabetes
by Maas, Christine C., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 36; 1526926
Abstract (Summary)

Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in America, and the associated costs place a heavy burden on our health care system. This study was undertaken to provide information on emergency service utilization and hospitalization among people with diabetes in the United States. The hypotheses were that adults with diabetes visit the emergency department (ED) more than those without diabetes, that persons with diabetes who present in the ED are hospitalized more than those without diabetes and that more patients with diabetes present in the ED within 1 week of hospital discharge than those without diabetes. To test these hypotheses, secondary data from the 2010 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey was analyzed. The results indicate that adults with diabetes did utilize the ED more than those without diabetes, and that patients with diabetes were admitted to the hospital through the ED more than those without diabetes. Furthermore, persons with diabetes presented within 1 week of hospital discharge more than those without diabetes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reynolds, Grace
Commitee: Acosta-Deprez, Veronica, Sinay, Tony
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Health Care Administration
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Public health, Health care management
Keywords: Adults, Diabetes, Readmission
Publication Number: 1526926
ISBN: 978-1-321-27726-5
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