Sign Up

To receive our monthly eNews as well as event notices and other updates, just enter your email address.

   Please leave this field empty

Stay Connected

Take a moment to learn more about NYAM's activities and events.

New Research: Stress Linked to Emergency Room Visits

Dr. Pagán

Stress, even at low levels, may be an early indicator of future emergency room visits, according to a new study co-authored by Dr. José Pagán, Director of NYAM’s Center for Health Innovation, published in Academic Emergency Medicine.

Previous studies have typically focused on the relation between serious psychological distress and emergency room use, without assessing the volume of emergency room use or examining nonserious levels of psychological distress. The objective of this study was to explore the association between emergency room utilization volume and the full spectrum of psychological distress.

The study found psychological distress, even at nonserious levels, to be associated with increased odds of having at least one emergency room visit in the following year. These results highlight the need to develop new responses to better manage or avert emergency room use, not only for adults with serious psychological distress but also for those who are experiencing even mild symptoms of psychological distress.

Stockbridge EL, Wilson FA, Pagán JA. Psychological Distress and Emergency Department Utilization in the United States: Evidence from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Acad Emerg Med. 2014 May;21(5):510-519. doi: 10.1111/acem.12369. (View abstract)

 Print   Subscribe


Posted on June 20, 2014

Gina Ravosa
Director of Marketing & Communications
The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029
(212) 822-7285


More NYAM News Articles

NYAM's 21st Annual Gala

NYAM Featured Report

At a time when clinics and hospitals are struggling to care for high-need, high-cost patients who require social support and medical care, a new report from The New York Academy of Medicine highlights solutions pioneered by harm reduction programs.

View report»

View news story»

NYAM's Latest Publication

View all NYAM publications»

Powered by Blackbaud
nonprofit software