Linking Pediatric Emergency Departments to Primary Care


In 2000, one of six emergency department (ED) visits by children under age 15 was classified as non-urgent. This project will test whether linking pediatric ED patients with primary care sites could decrease non-urgent visits over time. Activities will include: 1) faxing a record of the ED visit to the patient's primary care physician if there is one; 2) calling the family to arrange for a follow-up visit; 3) identifying a primary care site and appropriate health insurance for children lacking either; and 4) counseling patients on the best way to seek health care services. If the intervention is shown to be effective and is broadly disseminated, thousands of unnecessary ED encounters in New York could be avoided, with significant cost savings. Montefiore Medical Center will provide in-kind support.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Montefiore Medical Center
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Racine, M.D., Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 9, 2004

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