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Primary care services and emergency medicine

Marjan Kljakovic
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (1): 63.
Published online: 5 July 2010

To the Editor: I agree with the claim by Richardson that “the overlap between [primary care and emergency department (ED)] services is not as important as many have claimed” and that “‘primary care patients’ and ‘ED [Australasian Triage Scale] category 4 and 5’ patients are not interchangeable”.1 A review of the literature — especially from New Zealand — would show there are considerable differences between patients who attend the two types of services.

  • Marjan Kljakovic

  • Australian National University Medical School, Canberra, ACT.


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