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Names-based classification of accident and emergency department users

Petersen, J; Longley, P; Gibin, M; Mateos, P; Atkinson, P; (2011) Names-based classification of accident and emergency department users. HEALTH PLACE , 17 (5) 1162 - 1169. 10.1016/j.healthplace.2010.09.010. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper studies differential healthcare utilisation by ethnic group. Administrative records of nearly 100,000 users of an Inner London accident and emergency (A&E) facility were analysed using an innovative names-based ethnicity classification. Adult repeated 'light' usage (i.e. with no hospitalisation or follow-up) did not differ according to ethnic group. Users from ethnic minorities had lower GP registration rates than the majority reference group. However, lack of GP registration was not associated with repeated light use of A&E, overall. Therefore, these results challenge common perceptions of differential A&E access rates by ethnicity. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Type: Article
Title: Names-based classification of accident and emergency department users
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2010.09.010
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2010.09.01...
Language: English
Keywords: Ethnicity, Names, Accident and emergency, Healthcare services, London, INAPPROPRIATE ATTENDERS, HEALTH, COLLECTION, ENGLAND, REASONS
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/738687
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