Assistant Professor
Medicine/Emergency Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine
UCLA VA Greater Los Angeles Health System

Project: Patterns and predictors of poor outcomes following emergency department discharge in older adults

Catherine A. Sarkisian, MD, MSPH - UCLA
Arthur Kellermann, MD, MPH - RAND
Jerome R. Hoffman, MD, MA - USC

Multidisciplinary Expertise:
Emergency Medicine, Geriatrics, Health Services Research

Project Description:
This project assesses Emergency Department (ED) quality and patient safety by evaluating the factors associated with poor outcomes following an ED visit. In collaboration with Kaiser Permanente Southern California and using a case-control study design, this study will identify the patterns and predictors of short-term mortality or an ICU admission following discharge from the ED in older adults. The ultimate goal of this project is to reduce the incidence of preventable poor outcomes following discharge from the ED through the implementation of feasible and practical Emergency Department systems-based interventions.