Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The relationships between smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol and visiting the emergency department in the past 12 months
by Strouse, Robert J., III, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 54; 1526958
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Acosta-Deperez, Veronica
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
Publication Number: 1526958
ISBN: 978-1-321-27758-6
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