ICES | Emergency Department Services in Ontario 1993 - 2000 - page 2

Key Findings
About one in five people in Ontario visit
an emergency department (ED) at least
once a year, making these facilities a key
point of contact between citizens and
their health care system.
The per capita use of EDs by Ontarians
declined by 10% from 1993 to 2000.
Part of this decline was related to fewer
low-acuity cases being seen in the ED.
There are highly predictable peak
periods in emergency volume during
holidays and weekends.
The elderly use more ED services per
capita than younger individuals, and their
rate of use is rising. As the population
continues to age, the burden on the ED
system may increase.
Fewer and fewer physicians are
choosing to work in EDs. Those who
do, have heavier clinical workloads than
before and more specialized training.
Emergency
Department
Services
in Ontario
Benjamin T.B. Chan,
MD MPH MPA
1,2,3,4
Michael J. Schull,
MD MSc FRCP(C)
1,5,6
Susan E. Schultz,
MA MSc
1
1
Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto, Ontario
2
Department of Health Policy, Evaluation and Management, University of Toronto
3
Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
4
Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto
5
Department of Medicine (Division of Emergency Medicine), University of Toronto
6
Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre, Toronto
The opinions, results and conclusions are those of the authors and no endorsement by the
Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences is intended or should be inferred.
Atlas Report
1993 – 2000
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