The ER, 50 Years on

Published in: The New England Journal of Medicine, v. 364, no. 24, June 2011, p. 2278-2279

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2010

by Arthur L. Kellermann, Ricardo Martinez

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A 1958 study from Hartford Hospital showed that ER use had increased nearly 400% between 1940 and 1955 in many U.S. communities. Today, despite many changes in emergency care, ER visits continue to increase at twice the rate of population growth.

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