Sex Differences in Disease Presentation in the Emergency Department

Published in: Annals of Emergency Medicine, v. 40, no. 5, Nov. 2002, p. 461-463

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2002

by Donna L. Washington, Chloe E. Bird

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In the Emergency Department, understanding sex differences in disease presentation is especially critical to treatment outcomes. An article in the Annals of Emergency Medicine reports the results of a study that showed significant sex differences in emergency department presentation of patients with acute stroke. The authors of this editorial argue that these findings underscore the importance of identifying and recognizing sex differences in disease presentation, particularly in the emergency department, where the time it takes to make a correct diagnosis and begin appropriate treatment can dramatically influence patient outcome.

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