High numbers of non-urgent attendances at paediatric emergency departments (i.e. attendances for illness that could have safely been treated elsewhere) increases waiting times, inconveniences families, incurs significant costs to the NHS, and reduces the time hospital staff can spend treating severely ill children.
This report, produced by the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) in collaboration with the Connecting Care for Children (CC4C) programme, addresses this issue.
Literature review and report of fieldwork in North West London.
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Why do parents bring children with minor illness to emergency and urgent care departments? (2017) https://www.bi.team/publications/why-do-parents-bring-children-with-minor-illness-to-emergency-and-urgent-care-departments/
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