Amy B. Curtis
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Study goal: To examine whether type of stressor and number of stressors predict emergency department utilization among perinatal women.
Methods: Study data was collected via mixed methods: Telephone survey interviews, retrospective medical chart reviews and secondary data analysis. The 326 study participants were recruited during their postpartum hospital stay. Information was collected assessing stressors across five domains: Basic living needs, relational, social, mental health and health. The outcome variable of interest was number of emergency department visits.
Results: More than four out of five (82.8%) of women experience life stressors, many of them (68.1%) across multiple domains. Only 32.8% visited an emergency department during this perinatal period. However, there was a strong linear relationship between emergency department visits and experiencing life stressors. The number of stressors had a greater association with number of emergency department visits than the domain of the stressor.
Conclusion: Life stressors, across all domains, predict emergency department visits among perinatal women.
WMU ScholarWorks Citation
Kothari, Catherine L., "As Life Stressors Increase, Do Emergency Department Visits Increase?" (2011). Research and Creative Activities Poster Day. 3.