Factors associated with emergency department returns in middle-aged and older adults

Takeaway

  • Understanding the risk factors associated with return emergency department (ED) visits in older adults is essential for setting out preventive strategies for this growing patient population.

Why this matters

    Data suggest that older adults are more likely to return to the ED compared with younger adults; risk factors for return visits including poor health literacy, poor cognitive health, chronic comorbidities (including pain), and lack of social support.