Table 2

Site and participant demographics

(Site #) hospital site Annual ED presentations*
 (1) major metropolitan64 193
 (2) large regional38 796
 (3) medium metropolitan29 832
Participants—interviews Total
Senior medical
(medical directors, senior emergency medicine physicians, career medical officers†)
n=11
Junior medical
(interns, residents, registrars)
n=7
Nursing
(registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, nurse practitioners)
n=8
Laboratory
(staff specialists, managers, scientists, typists, technical officers)
n=12
Participants—focus groups Total
Clinical (medical and service directors, nurse practitioner)n=3
eMR (senior analysts)n=2
  • *Calculated using ED presentation data Oct 2016–Sept 2017 from the Health Information Exchange, NSW Health.

  • †A physician who has completed their training without any area of specialisation and may work in a variety of clinical settings in a hospital.23

  • eMR, electronic medical record; NSW, New South Wales.