Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health
Risk Factors Associated with Emergency Department Recidivism in the Older Adult
- Author(s): Sheikh, Sophia
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5811/westjem.2019.7.43073
Our objective was to review risk factors predictive of older adult recidivism in the emergency department. Certain risk factors and themes commonly occurred in the literature. These recurring factors included increasing age, male gender, certain diagnoses (abdominal pain, traumatic injuries, and respiratory complaints), psychosocial factors (depression, anxiety, poor social support, and limited health literacy), and poor general health (cognitive health and physical functioning). Many of the identified risk factors are not easily modifiable posing a significant challenge in the quest to develop and implement effective intervention strategies.