First Nations status and emergency department triage scores in Alberta: a retrospective cohort study – CMAJ

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First Nations status and emergency department triage scores in Alberta: a retrospective cohort study – CMAJ

by ahnationtalk on January 17, 202256 Views

Abstract

Background: Previous studies have found that race is associated with emergency department triage scores, raising concerns about potential health care inequity. As part of a project on quality of care for First Nations people in Alberta, we sought to understand the relation between First Nations status and triage scores.

Methods: We conducted a population-based retrospective cohort study of health administrative data from April 2012 to March 2017 to evaluate acuity of triage scores, categorized as a binary outcome of higher or lower acuity score. We developed multivariable multilevel logistic mixed-effects regression models using the levels of emergency department visit, patient (for patients with multiple visits) and facility. We further evaluated the triage of visits related to 5 disease categories and 5 specific diagnoses to better compare triage outcomes of First Nations and non–First Nations patients.

Read More: https://www.cmaj.ca/content/194/2/E37

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