Study Finds Shortage of On-Call Specialists Plaguing ERs

A recent study published in Academic Emergency Medicine found that emergency departments across the country face significant shortages of on-call specialists.

The study, which surveyed ED directors across the country, found 74 percent of directors responding experienced on-call coverage problems with specialist physicians. Furthermore, 60 percent reported having lost 24/7 coverage for at least one specialty in the past 4 years, and 23 percent reported that their trauma center designation level had been affected by on-call coverage.

The authors of the study note the difficulty in obtaining specialty on-call coverage appears to have affected the provision of emergency care.

Read the abstract on on-call coverage.

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