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How do patients and physicians rate urgency of care? A comparison of urgency ratings for general surgery.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12055864     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The notion of uniform terms and conditions speaks to equity of access--that fair rules apply in obtaining medically necessary services. However, when demand for medical services outweighs the supply of these services, the issue of "fair rules" concerning who comes first or who is most in need is a hotly debated subject. This debate has focused not just on how long patients may have to wait for access, but also on the question of how caregivers decide the priority of providing care. Central to this discussion is the need to develop a transparent methodology that fairly prioritizes patients based on urgency; timely access to services and acceptability to all stakeholders.
Caroline Rafferty; Frank Markel; Ian Macmillan; Jennifer Rodgers
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Hospital quarterly     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1480-221X     ISO Abbreviation:  Hosp Q     Publication Date:  2002  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-06-11     Completed Date:  2002-07-01     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883480     Medline TA:  Hosp Q     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  34-40     Citation Subset:  H    
Department of Health Administration, University of Toronto.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease / classification*
Ambulatory Care
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Attitude to Health*
Emergencies / classification*
Health Priorities
Health Services Accessibility* / legislation & jurisprudence,  standards
Health Services Needs and Demand
Patient Selection

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