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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)
Posted on June 20, 2014
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The 2013 Duncan Clark Lecture - The Affordable Care Act on the Verge of Final Success ... and a Nervous Breakdown
Featured Speaker: John E. McDonough, DPH, MPA, Professor of the Practice of Public Health and Director of the Center for Public Health Leadership
Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health
December 9, 2013 - On December 2, 2013 NYAM welcomed Dr. John E. McDonough, one of the leading experts on health care reform in the United States, to deliver the 2013 Duncan Clark Lecture at NYAM on “The Affordable Care Act on the Verge of Final Success ... and a Nervous Breakdown.”
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This report identifies opportunities that build on both the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) and New York’s ongoing efforts toward improving the health of its 19 million residents.
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