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Study: Disabled adults more likely to use ED

January 2, 2013

Working-age adults with disabilities account for a disproportionately high amount of annual emergency department visits, according to a new study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. Adults with disabilities account for nearly 40% of total ED visits, but only 17% of the working age population, the study found. To address this disparity, the authors recommend enhanced communication between ED and primary care physicians, and tailored prevention and primary care programs. The study was published online by Health Services Research.