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Study examines trends in healthcare

from Yale Daily News

A recent Yale-directed study published in HealthAffairs explored how patients are seeking healthcare. The study was a collaborative effort involving researchers from the Yale School of Medicine, Northwestern University's School of Medicine and the Brigham and Women's Hospital located in Boston. Arjun Venkatesh, emergency medicine professor at the School of Medicine and one of the head authors of the study, said that the paper focused on the treatment of what he calls "acute unscheduled care needs," or unexpected ailments like a broken ankle or chest pain. According to the study, acute care needs differ from those that arise from preexisting conditions like diabetes, where a patient can anticipate their doctor visits. The study found that the perception that emergency room visits are out of control is overblown. more

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