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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)

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Posted on June 20, 2014

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NYAM Report - Resilient Communities: Empowering Older Adults in Disasters in Daily Life

Drawing on the lessons of Superstorm Sandy, a new report from The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), “Resilient Communities: Empowering Older Adults in Disasters and Daily Life,” presents an innovative set of recommendations to strengthen and connect formal and informal support systems to keep older adults safe during future disasters.

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NYAM Report - Achieving the Triple Aim in New York State: The Potential Role of Hospital Community Benefit

A new issue brief from NYAM, “Achieving the Triple Aim in New York State: the Potential Role of Hospital Community Benefit,” is the first in a series related to promoting a better understanding of Community Benefit in New York State and how it can advance population health.

NYAM commissioned an analysis of hospital community benefit investments by New York State hospitals. The new issue brief analyzes the reported expenditures of NYS hospitals in the categories of the IRS Schedule H report.

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