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Names-based classification of accident and emergency department users

Petersen, J. and Longley, P. and Gibin, Maurizio and Mateos, P. and Atkinson, P. (2011) Names-based classification of accident and emergency department users. Health & Place 17 (5), pp. 1162-1169. ISSN 1353-8292.

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This paper studies differential healthcare utilisation by ethnic group. Administrative records of nearly 100,000 users of an Inner London accident and emergency (A&E) facility were analysed using an innovative names-based ethnicity classification. Adult repeated ‘light’ usage (i.e. with no hospitalisation or follow-up) did not differ according to ethnic group. Users from ethnic minorities had lower GP registration rates than the majority reference group. However, lack of GP registration was not associated with repeated light use of A&E, overall. Therefore, these results challenge common perceptions of differential A&E access rates by ethnicity.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Ethnicity, names, accident and emergency, healthcare services, London
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Geography, Environment and Development Studies
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2011 08:22
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:21

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