Physicians are sometimes confronted with patients who gain admission to one hospital after another, sometimes referred to as « wandering patients. » Little is known about the presenting symptoms of these patients, their use of hospital resources, or the costs of their medical care.
We analyzed the demographic and clinical characteristics of wandering patients served by Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers (VAMCs).
For each patient they admit, all 159 hospitals in the Veterans Affairs medical system submit demographic and diagnostic information to a central data base at the Data Processing Center in Austin, Texas.
Mots-clés Pascal : Consultation hospitalière, Relation médecin malade, Etats Unis, Economie santé, Homme, Epidémiologie, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Hospital consultation, Physician patient relation, United States, Health economy, Human, Epidemiology, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0082365
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 09/06/1995.