Two key issues in healthcare today are the over-utilization of emergency departments (ED) and the lack of preventative care participation. Successful preventative care can help to reduce ED utilization and harmful behaviors such as drinking and smoking.
Exposing patients to the benefits of preventative or primary care benefits could start in the ED. This report sought relationships between ED utilization for personal health and smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol in a 12 month period. This study utilized the CHIS 2011-2012 data set to find such a relationship. A relationship was found between smoking and drinking during a 12 month period and visiting the ED for personal health.
This report identifies an opportunity for improvement within health benefit utilization. Smokers and drinkers can be exposed to cessation programs in the ED, while also helping to encourage patients to better utilize primary and preventative services.
|Commitee:||O'Lawrence, Henry, 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:||Health care management|
|Keywords:||Drinking, Emergency department visits, Health care coordination, Patient-centered medical home, Preventative care participation, Smoking|
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