Dr. Kuhl discusses Primary Care follow-up in latest Urgent Matters blog post

December 5, 2017

Dr. Evan Kuhl

More than two thirds of patients seen in an emergency department (ED) leave with instructions to follow-up, often for further diagnosis or treatment of chronic conditions. This practice is supported by numerous guidelines, and many practitioners rely on presumed access to urgent follow-up to safely discharge their patients. Additionally, time-specific discharge instructions have been viewed as a defense against potential litigation, regardless of the patient’s ability to comply. A new article by Chou et al published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine expands on previous research evaluating how often patients are actually able to obtain urgent follow-up, and how insurance status and condition impacts this ability.