The Sufficiency of Emergency Medicine Physician Documentation of Against Medical Advice EncountersEdward P Monico*
Department of Emerg Med (Los Angel) , Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Edward P Monico, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, Connecticut 06519, USA
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Received Date: December 16, 2011; Accepted Date: December 17 2011;; Published Date: December 18, 2011
Citation: Monico EP (2011) The Sufficiency of Emerg Med (Los Angel) Physician Documentation of Against Medical Advice Encounters. Emerg Med (Los Angel) 1:e106. doi:10.4172/2165-7548.1000e106
Copyright: © 2011 Monico EP. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source credited.
A great deal of ambiguity exists among emergency medicine (EM) physicians regarding how to document against medical advice (AMA) encounters in the emergency department (ED) setting. In our own institution, this ambiguity surfaces as inconsistent and eclectic documentation of patients terminating their evaluation and/ or treatment prematurely. This ambiguity suggests (EM) residency programs fail to educate EM physicians-in-training in the area of AMA encounters and the importance of this emergency patient population in the context of the extant EM climate. The Open Access Initiative provides an ideal venue to distribute information and supports efforts to establish uniformity in the provision of certain aspects of EM care, such as documentation of AMA encounters.