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No clear evidence that diverting patients from emergency departments curbs overcrowding

from British Medical Journal via Medical Xpress

Redirecting low need patients from emergency care departments to alternative sources of care, has been proposed as a potential solution to tackling the overcrowding that often occurs in these facilities. But it isn't clear whether this strategy actually works or is safe. Now, new research reveals that, given the considerable costs of providing alternative sources of care, there is remarkably little good quality evidence to back this approach. more

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