Peer Reviewed

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Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-11-2007

Keywords

Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Crowding, Emergency Service, Hospital, Humans, Ireland, Middle Aged, Patient Satisfaction, Patients, Prospective Studies

Funder/Sponsor

The Emergency Department Educational Fund

Comments

The original article is available at www.imj.ie

Abstract

The overcrowding of Emergency Departments compromises their critical function and the safety of patients and staff. This study asked the patients how the wait in overcrowded conditions impacted on them and the care they received and what they believed the reasons for the overcrowding were. A prospective questionnaire based structured interview study was performed. Over half (57.7%) of patients felt that the lack of inpatient beds and wards was the main reason that they experienced delays. An overwhelming 85.9% felt that the Health Authorities were not doing enough to address the overcrowding issue. Overcrowding of Emergency Departments has been identified as a major problem the solution is to be found in increasing the capacity of the acute hospital system according to the majority of our study population.

Disciplines

Emergency Medicine | Medicine and Health Sciences

Citation

Gilligan P, Gupta V, Singh I, Winder S, O'Kelly P, Hegarty D. Why are we waiting? A study of the patients' perspectives about their protracted stays in an emergency department. Irish Medical Journal. 2007;100(10):627-9.

PubMed ID

18277733

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