One in five emergency room visits in rural Queensland are for chronic illness

One in five people visit emergency rooms for chronic illness in regional Queensland, which was likely because of a lack of community healthcare services, a study has found. University of South Australia researchers who had been looking into the prevalence of chronic illness in regional Queensland checked data from a public hospital in far north Queensland to better understand what brought people into the emergency department. Those with chronic illnesses in regional areas are using emergency department due to lack of community access. Photo: Jay Cronan The data was gathered over two years and included more than 95,000 presentations and more than 50,000 cases. Researchers found chronic conditions accounted for 20.2 per…
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