Worried patients happy to wait in ED

Overly anxious patients are willing to wait for hours in ED with "GP-type” ailments because they believe they must see a doctor as soon as possible, rather than wait a day to see a GP, research shows.

The study of more than 1800 Australians has found that patients have very different ideas of urgency to doctors and many will go to great lengths to see a doctor rather than defer assessment to a later time or be seen by a nurse.

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