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|Titolo:||Why non-urgent patients choose emergency over primary careservices? Empirical evidence and managerial implications|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Autori interni:||LEGA, FEDERICO|
|Autori:||F. Lega; A. Mengoni|
|Abstract:||Objective To investigate structural and psychological factors that lead non-urgent patients to choose the Accidents & Emergency Department (A&ED) rather than primary care services. Data Sources Data were collected through interviews by means of a structured questionnaire. Data regarding the A&ED sample were also drawn from the database of the department. Study Design Hypotheses were tested in a survey comparing A&ED non-urgent patients and patients using GP surgeries. Different perceptions of the characteristics of A&ED and primary care services were measured and a perceptual map was created using the linear discriminant analysis (LDA). Data Collection Emergency services users were interviewed in the A&ED of the General Hospital of the Province of Macerata (Italy). Primary care users were interviewed in 4 GP surgeries. 527 patients were interviewed between December 2006 and February 2007. Principal Findings A&ED and primary care patients look for different characteristics as diagnostic and therapeutic potentialities, empathy and competence, quick access or long-lasting relationship. Information asymmetry explains part of the behaviour. Conclusions Use of A&ED services for non urgent care can be reduced. The understanding of reasons underlying the choice and a change in access, timing and contents of care/services provided by GPs might provide incentives for shifting from A&ED to GPs surgeries.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su rivista Scientifica|
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