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An underlying issue to our current healthcare system is how decisions made in the emergency department affect patients. This is paramount for underserved populations, which are more likely to have poor physical and mental health, lack of primary care, greater use of health services, and be generally dissatisfied with their medical care.1,2 What should the emergency physician (EP) do for these patients?

These decisions are largely based upon individual risk tolerance. While risk is a indelible part of emergency medicine (EM), a risk profile of EM residents has not been compiled. Knowledge of risk taking tendencies among this niche of medical professionals could be critical. If EM residents have great risk aversion, they might practice defensive medicine, thereby incurring crippling costs4. On the other hand, if emergency medicine residents are greatly risk tolerant, they may make decisions that lead to significant morbidity and mortality. It is essential to establish a baseline risk profile before any corrective measures can be advanced. This study attempted to accomplish precisely that using Risk Type CompassTM.

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11-30-2016

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An Evaluation of Risk Attitudes and Risk Tolerance in Emergency Medicine Residents, CWIC-PH, College within a college, Thomas Jefferson University, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Jefferson College of Population Health

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Medicine and Health Sciences

An Evaluation of Risk Attitudes and Risk Tolerance in Emergency Medicine Residents

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