Published Online: 21 FEB 2014
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The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society
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Vassy, C. 2014. Emergency Departments. The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society. 471–474.
- Published Online: 21 FEB 2014
Emergency departments appeared during the second half of the twentieth century and, as such, are relatively new areas of hospitals. These departments are designed to deal with people who wish to receive treatment and who arrive with no appointment – whereas in the past they would have been treated directly in the relevant department. Another characteristic of these departments is that they are open even when all other sources of care are unavailable.
- doctor–patient interaction;