Economic issues in observation unit medicine

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2001 Feb;19(1):19-33. doi: 10.1016/s0733-8627(05)70166-8.


Emergency department observation units are the rational choice for improving the utilization of health care resources and at the same time improving the quality of patient care. Potential pitfalls can be avoided by flexibility on both the part of the observation unit and the hospital administration staff. The continued growth of observation medicine throughout the country is evidence that most have been successful in designing creative solutions to accommodate this new health service.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Emergency Medicine / economics
  • Emergency Medicine / methods
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / economics*
  • Female
  • Hospital Costs*
  • Hospital Units
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Observation / methods*
  • United States