This article examines the reasoning behind frequent nonurgent pediatric visits to emergency rooms. While nonurgent visits make up more than half of all pediatric emergency department (ED) visits, few studies have closely examined this trend.
Researchers conducted ethnographic interviews with parents who brought their children to the emergency room for nonurgent reasons. Over the course of four weeks, 31 families were interviewed.
Reducing the number of nonurgent pediatric ED visits may require substantial improvements in families' experiences with their primary care providers.