Emergency department use by persons with MS: A population-based descriptive study with a focus on infection-related visits

Jonas Graf, Huah Shin Ng, Feng Zhu, Yinshan Zhao, José M.A. Wijnands, Charity Evans, John D. Fisk, Ruth Ann Marrie, Helen Tremlett

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Abstract

We described emergency department (ED) visits (all visits and infection-related) by persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) in British Columbia, Canada (1 April 2012 to 31 December 2017). We identified 15,350 MS cases using health administrative data; 73.4% were women, averaging 51.4 years at study entry. Over 4.9 years of follow-up (mean), 56.0% of MS cases visited an ED (mean = 0.6 visits/person/year; total = 37,072 visits). A diagnosis was documented for 25,698 (69.3%) ED visits, and 18.4% (4725/25,698) were infection-related. Inpatient admissions were reported for 20.4% (5238/25,698) of all and 29.2% (1380/4725) of infection-related ED visits. Findings suggest that the ED plays a substantial role in MS healthcare and infection management.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalMultiple Sclerosis Journal
Early online date1 Mar 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • emergency department
  • healthcare utilization
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • population-based data

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