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Are reductions in emergency department length of stay associated with improvements in quality of care? A difference-in-differences analysis
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    An answer to the dilemma whether emergency department length of stay improves quality of care?

    Dear Editor,

    I commend Vermeulen et al for addressing a fundamental question: Is ED length of stay (ED LOS), a globally used key performance indicator, actually associated with improvement in quality of care[1]?

    Vermeulen et al set out to compare whether patients presenting with one of three acute conditions (high acuity asthma, upper arm/forearm/shoulder fracture and acute myocardial infarct) at hosp...

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    Length of stay as a marker of quality?

    Dear Editor,

    Vermeulen et al [1] provides further insight into the effect of emergency department (ED) crowding and length of stay (LOS) on several quality indicators. This piece of work not only adds to the body of literature which suggests ED crowding delays timeliness of interventions, but importantly highlights that government initiatives targeting LOS alone are not enough to enhance other aspects of true, q...

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