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Acad Emerg Med. 2001 Nov;8(11):1024-9.

Safety net research in emergency medicine: proceedings of the Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference on "The Unraveling Safety Net".

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Division of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners HealthCare System, Boston, MA 02114, USA.


A primary goal of the Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference, "The Unraveling Safety Net: Research Opportunities and Priorities," was to explore a formal research agenda for safety net research in emergency medicine. This paper represents the thoughts of active health services researchers regarding the structure and direction of such work, including some examples from their own research. The current system for safety net care is described, and the emergency department is conceptualized as a window on safety net patients and systems, uniquely positioned to help study and coordinate integrated processes of care.

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