During 2001 and 2002, researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University, New York, examined how people use emergency rooms.
The researchers analyzed information gathered from patients as they entered emergency rooms along with data in emergency room patient charts. The project is the first stage of Emergency Medicine Patients' Access to Healthcare (EMPATH), a national study sponsored by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.
Investigators analyzed 1,547 patient interviews and 1,956 chart reviews from a diverse sample of emergency room patients.
In presentations to the 2003 annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, investigators reported the following: