CMAJ 2021 05;193(21):E753-E760
Division of General Surgery (Gomez, Nantais), St. Michael's Hospital, Unity Health Toronto; ICES Central (Gomez, Simpson, de Mestral, Wilton, Urbach, Austin, Baxter); Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Simpson), St. Michael's Hospital, Unity Health Toronto; Department of Surgery (Sue-Chue-Lam, de Mestral, Dossa, Urbach), Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont.; Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (Baxter), University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.
Background: Reduced use of the emergency department during the COVID-19 pandemic may result in increased disease acuity when patients do seek health care services. We sought to evaluate emergency department visits for common abdominal and gynecologic conditions before and at the beginning of the pandemic to determine whether changes in emergency department attendance had serious consequences for patients.
Methods: We conducted a population-based analysis using administrative data to evaluate the weekly rate of emergency department visits pre-COVID-19 (Jan. Read More