Document Type

Article

Department

Family Medicine

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To study the chief presenting complaints among patients presenting to the Emergency Medical services.
SETTING: This study was conducted at the Emergency Room of Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi during March and April, 2003.
METHODS: A survey was carried out by the study investigators. This survey included patients who were not very sick and were selected at random. Demographic profiles of the respondents were noted. EPI-info and SPSS computer software programs were used for analysis of the results.
RESULTS: One hundred patients were surveyed. The majority was relatively young, married men and women, well educated and better socio-economically placed. The majority of complaints were related to Gastroenterology, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Orthopedics services.
CONCLUSION: We have documented the chief presenting complaints of emergency room patients. These findings have important implications for medical practice and planners of emergency medical services.

Publication

Journal of Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences

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