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Emergency Departments

  1. Carine Vassy

Published Online: 21 FEB 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118410868.wbehibs279

The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society

The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society

How to Cite

Vassy, C. 2014. Emergency Departments. The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society. 471–474.

Author Information

  1. Université Paris 13, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 FEB 2014

Abstract

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.

Keywords:

  • doctor–patient interaction;
  • hospitals;
  • medicine