TitleComparisons of high versus low emergency department utilizers in sickle cell disease.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsAisiku, IP, Smith, WR, McClish, DK, Levenson, JL, Penberthy, LT, Roseff, SD, Bovbjerg, VE, Roberts, JD
JournalAnnals of emergency medicine
Date Published2009 May
KeywordsNonparametric, Statistics

Patients with sickle cell disease often receive a substantial amount of their health care in the emergency department (ED) and some come to the ED frequently, seeking treatment for pain. As a result, patients with sickle cell disease are often stigmatized as opioid-seeking ED overutilizers. We describe the proportion of sickle cell disease patients who are high utilizers of the ED and compare them with other sickle cell disease patients on demographics, pain characteristics, health data, psychosocial characteristics, and quality of life.