In this paper, the researchers analyzed the effects of overcrowding and financial difficulties faced by rural emergency departments, which can lead to closures. To achieve this goal, we relied on a systematic analysis of the rural emergency department system, including the financial aspects, ethical considerations, and patient demographics. The researchers also utilized past evaluated interventions in order to determine methods of creating an efficient emergency department. We found that while there was an increase in emergency department patients, finances have not increased to accommodate overcrowding. This paper contributes to emergency department and rural health literature, as the researchers propose an evidence-based intervention that will minimize overcrowding and utilize finances effectively, while taking into account patient medical knowledge and scheduling.
Shin, Erene; Jaing, Jasmine; Caballero, Orlando; Fujii, Lauren; and Cooney, Elli
"Emergency Department Closures: The Critical Case of Reduced Care AccessWithin Rural Populations,"
Silicon Valley Sociological Review: Vol. 19
, Article 10.
Available at: https://scholarcommons.scu.edu/svsr/vol19/iss1/10