An observational study reported in The American Journal of Gastroenterology found people with gastrointestinal illness who sought care at hospital emergency departments had higher rates of hospitalization and higher costs than patients with other conditions. Women were more likely than men to visit an ED for a GI issue, and the most common diagnoses were abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, and functional disorders. "Some visits to EDs represent appropriate use of emergency services, but it is conceivable that others might be managed in nonurgent ambulatory settings," the authors wrote. Read the abstract.

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