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Health Care Manag (Frederick). 2002 Sep;21(1):46-61.

Managing patient waits in hospital emergency departments.

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  • 1Programs in Health Services Administration, College of Health and Public Affairs, University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA.


One of the major concerns of patients using hospital emergency rooms (ERs) for emergency medical procedures is the inevitable long wait to receive service. This article addresses why the wait is important to manage, how ER managers might manage the reality of the patient waits, and how they might manage patient perception of the wait. The article concludes with managerial guidelines for managing ER patient waits.

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