To evaluate the proportion of the patients who report the emergency department as their regular source of care and to describe the demographics and health status of this population.
A cross-sectional study was performed at the emergency department in two hospitals (around 12,000 visits per year each).
Subjects were interviewed using a standardised questionnaire, before and after the emergency department visit.
The medical emergency department of two university hospitals, one in Paris and one in Besançon (France).
Each patient aged 15 and more attending the emergency department for a visit during forty randomly selected periods of 12 hours was included.
Self report of the utilization of the emergency department as a regular source of care.
Fourteen percent of the patients cited the emergency department as a regular source of care in Paris, and 3.3% in Besançon.
In Paris, young age, being born outside of France, homelessness or precarious housing, lack of social support in case of illness and lack of health insurance were independently associated with his health care utilization behavior. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Service hospitalier, Urgence, Utilisation, Homme, Hôpital, Soin santé primaire, Statistique, France, Europe, Sexe, Age, Statut socioéconomique, Santé, Système santé, Facteur sociodémographique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Hospital ward, Emergency, Use, Human, Hospital, Primary health care, Statistics, France, Europe, Sex, Age, Socioeconomic status, Health, Health system
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0243298
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 11/06/1997.