Modelling Waiting Times in an Emergency Department in Greece During the Economic Crisis

Panagiotis Manolitzas, Neophytos Stylianou

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Abstract

Overcrowding is one of the most common phenomenon at the emergency departments of the hospitals across the world. The aforementioned phenomenon causes many problems such as long waiting times for patients, increasing length of stay, patient dissatisfaction, ambulance diversions in some cities, prolonged pain and suffering, violence and miscommunication between the medical staff and the patients, patients leaving the emergency department without been seen and decreased physician productivity. This article analyses the problem of the increased waiting times in a Greek emergency department during the economic crisis. We use statistical models in order to reveal the factors that can lead to a decrease in waiting times. Our findings suggest that Greece’s Department of Health should standardize an uppermost waiting time for emergency departments which could help improve health care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-485
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Management
Volume20
Issue number4
Early online date29 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018

Keywords

  • Emergency department
  • health care management
  • hospital
  • public policies
  • waiting times

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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