Document Type

Article

Department

Family Medicine

Abstract

Objective: To study the consequences of a medical emergency among Emergency Room patients, at a teaching hospital in Karachi, Pakistan.
Design: A questionnaire-based survey
Settings: Emergency Room of Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. Main outcome measures: Consequences of a medical emergency in terms of impact on employment, financial position, family life, social life, recreational life, self-confidence and psyche.
Results: A hundred patients were surveyed. Emergency Room patients feel that they will not have a major impact on their job or employment, as a result of the medical emergency but it will have adverse financial consequences. The respondents in our study perceive the consequence of the medical emergency to have a variable impact on their family life, social life, recreation life and self-confidence. It is important to note with concern that a major impact on ìPsycheî is expected by the emergency room patients, as a result of a medical emergency
Conclusion: We have documented the consequences of a medical emergency among Emergency Room patients, with implications for medical practice and policy makers on health

Publication

Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences

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