Seniors more likely to visit the ER after nurse's home care visit

Apr 30, 2018, 14:00 PM by Joel Tiller
Patients who received home care visits from nurses were more likely to visit the emergency department during the evening on the same day, particularly for non-urgent issues, according to a new study led by HEI's Andrew Costa.

Patients who received home care visits from nurses were more likely to visit the emergency department during the evening on the same day, particularly for non-urgent issues, according to new research from McMaster University.

"An emergency department visit is not necessarily a negative outcome, but may be if a frail patient could more appropriately be treated by their usual community-based providers who know them best," said Andrew Costa, an assistant professor of the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, who led the study.

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