Having a usual source of care reduces ED visits

Am Fam Physician. 2009 Jan 15;79(2):94.


The recent growth in the use of emergency departments (EDs) is costly, undesirable, and unnecessary. This trend is partly due to a growing proportion of persons who lack a usual source of care. This group is increasingly likely to rely on EDs for their health care needs compared with those who have a usual source of care.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Education Department, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Income
  • Primary Health Care
  • United States