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Psychiatric Professionals in the Emergency Room: Do Psychiatric Professionals Affect Efficiency and Thoroughness of Care for Psychiatric Patients in U.S. Emergency Rooms?

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dc.contributor.advisor Ball, Richard J.
dc.contributor.author Neuheardt, Anna
dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-01T21:48:16Z
dc.date.available 2019-09-01T21:48:16Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/21724
dc.description.abstract The rate at which patients with psychiatric complaints are visiting U.S. ERs has been steadily growing for the past decade (Weiss et al., 2016). Psychiatric patients have been shown to be responsible for and heavily affected by inefficiencies that plague ERs (Boyle et al., 1992). This thesis seeks to determine whether having psychiatric professionals in the ER improves the efficiency and thoroughness with which psychiatric patients are treated in the emergency department. Three measures of efficiency—wait time, length of visit, and boarding time (time from when the patient is admitted to the hospital to their departure from the ER) (American College of Emergency Physicians, 2016)—and one measure of thoroughness—whether the patient is referred to outside resources— are considered. The effect of psychiatric professionals in the ER on these four measures is analyzed through standard OLS regressions and logit regressions using a nationally representative dataset of emergency room visits in the U.S. from 1997-2016 (CDC, 2018). We find that psychiatric patients who see psychiatric professionals in the ER experience greater inefficiency and mixed levels of thoroughness of treatment compared to other patients.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Economics
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
dc.subject.lcsh Hospitals -- Emergency services -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh Mental health personnel -- United States
dc.title Psychiatric Professionals in the Emergency Room: Do Psychiatric Professionals Affect Efficiency and Thoroughness of Care for Psychiatric Patients in U.S. Emergency Rooms?
dc.type Thesis
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