EM Policy Research

THE EVOLVING ROLE OF EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS IN THE US 

This project was undertaken, funded and designed to develop a more complete picture of how emergency

departments (EDs) contribute to the U.S. health care system. Using a mix of quantitative and

qualitative methods, it explores the evolving role that hospital EDs and the personnel who staff

them play in evaluating and managing complex and high-acuity patients, serving as the major

portal of entry to inpatient care, and serving as “the safety net of the safety net” for patients who

are unable to get care elsewhere.

This work was sponsored by the Emergency Medicine Action Fund, a consortium of

emergency medicine physician organizations sponsored by the American College of Emergency

Physicians. The research was conducted by RAND Health, a division of the RAND Corporation.

 

RAND STUDY

RAND STUDY BRIEF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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