Understanding and Improving Health System Disparities in ED Wait Times
A multidisciplinary team including entity speciﬁc Emergency Department (ED) stakeholders and health system leadership was convened to better understand this racial/ethnic wait time disparities. The team process mapped ED throughput from arrival to bed request for patients eventually admitted in effort to isolate the location of the wait time disparity. Thereafter, the team employed a sequential mixed methods analysis to characterize factors underlying the disparity. Using these findings, our team engaged key stakeholders through focus groups to develop interventions designed to address contributors to disparities in ED wait times identified by root causes identified. We are currently testing these interventions for feasibility and preliminary estimates on effectiveness.
Additionally, since the start of this project a second ED site at Penn Medicine was identified by Vizient to have the same disparity. Our team is working with an entity-specific team to determine factors contributing to this disparity and help guide subsequent interventions.
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