Non-urgent paediatric emergency department presentation: a systematic review

Alele, Faith O., Emeto, Theophilus I., Callander, Emily J., and Watt, Kerrianne (2018) Non-urgent paediatric emergency department presentation: a systematic review. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 55 (3). pp. 271-277.

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Abstract

Objectives: There has been an increasing use of the Emergency Department for non-urgent presentations. The aim of this systematic review was to identify the proportion, criteria and predictors of non-urgent Emergency Department presentations in paediatric populations. Methods: A search of multiple databases was conducted for articles published from inception of the databases to 20 August 2018, which reported the proportion, criteria and predictors of non-urgent Emergency Department presentation in paediatric populations. Results: Thirty-one articles met the inclusion criteria. The mean proportion of non-urgent paediatric Emergency Department presentation was 41.06 ± 15.16%. There appears to be a weak association between predisposing, enabling and needs factors and non-urgent Emergency Department use in paediatric populations. Conclusion: The findings of this review suggest that non-urgent Emergency Department use in paediatric populations was high. However, non-urgent Emergency Department use and the reasons for the visits in paediatric populations remain understudied.

Item ID: 56458
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1754
Keywords: emergency department, paediatric, children, non-urgent
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2019 00:54
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110305 Emergency Medicine @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111403 Paediatrics @ 25%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111707 Family Care @ 25%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 100%
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