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Patients who leave the emergency department without being seen and their follow-up behavior: a retrospective descriptive analysis

  • Author(s): Li, David R.;
  • Brennan, Jesse J.;
  • Kreshak, Allyson A.;
  • Castillo, Edward M.;
  • Vilke, Gary M.
  • et al.
Abstract

Past studies suggest that patients who leave without being seen by a physician (LWBS) from a hospital’s emergency department (ED) represent a quality and safety concern, and thus LWBS rates have often been used as an ED performance metric. There are few recent studies, however, that have examined the characteristics of the LWBS population at hospitals in the United States.

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