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On "unnecessary" ED visits: background reading

Here are a bunch of very informative pieces on why trying to blame excessive costs or busy-ness on low acuity patients in the ED is, at be...

February 4, 2015

Please Read-ux

One of my residents suggested: "I think it'd be super helpful for the residents if you sent out what websites/feeds/resources you use for finding all this [online] stuff"

Sadly there's no simple/easy answer to that -- but a bunch of us wrote a paper appropriately titled "Five Strategies to Effectively Use Online Resources in Emergency Medicine" (free full text).

By no means comprehensive, I think a great starting point:

1) check compilation sites, like LITFL Review and pretty much everything at aliem.com. LIFTL R&R and emlitofnote.com are great for actual studies.

2) use an RSS (instructions); or, I use Twitter as an informal/moderated RSS -- basically make all you online people filter stuff for me.

Probably the most important thing is to:

a) do something, but
b) don't do too much

It's very easy to sign up for a lot of stuff and then get overwhelmed and end up doing nothing, or to get too distracted and not do the most important things (i.e. read a text book).

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