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Spotlight on Evidence Synthesis Program

Effectiveness of Interventions to Improve Emergency Department Efficiency: An Evidence Map

by Joshua Geiger, MSPsy ; Isomi Miake-Lye, PhD ; Pam Secada, MPH ; Paul Shekelle, MD, PhD, MPH ; Michael Ward, MD, PhD, MBA
Seminar date: 2/26/2018

Description: Emergency departments are seeking ways to improve efficiency, but to be useful to decision-makers, studies of such interventions should report information on utilization, cost, and quality of care. Previous systematic reviews have been limited to specific intervention types, and have not assessed implementation costs. We used evidence mapping to assess knowledge gaps and highlight research priorities. The scope of this report includes the following: An evidence map that provides a visual overview of the distribution of evidence (both what is known and where there is little or no evidence base) for interventions to improve emergency department (ED) efficiency. An accompanying narrative that helps stakeholders interpret the state of the evidence to inform policy and clinical decision-making. Intended audience: Clinicians and researchers in Emergency Department care and efficiency.

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