The relationship between a worksite wellness clinic and hospital emergency department visits

Xuguang Tao, Peter J. Fagan, Elizabeth LeNoach, Michelle Hawkins, Michelle Ross-Gavin, Edward J. Bernacki

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Abstract

Objective: To assess the relationship between the provision of episodicmedical care at the worksite and nonadmission emergency department (ED) visits.

Methods:Ahistorical cohort designwas used to study the differences of nonadmission ED visits among insurance plan participants employed at two acute care hospitals, one with a worksite wellness clinic and one without over an 8-year period.

Results: A significant reduction in the risk of an insurance plan member visiting the ED in the time period after the clinic was opened among plan members with access to a worksite wellness clinic was observed. No significant reduction was noted in ED visits for insurance plan members without access to a worksite clinic.

Conclusions: A wellness clinic rendering episodic medical care is associated with significant reductions in ED visits and insured employees who use an ED.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1313-1318
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume56
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 14 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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