unattached patient

unattached patient

Patient care A Pt not known to have a regular attending physician when registered in an ER or other 'neutral' health care setting. See Flipping. Cf Attached patient.
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Further quantitative and qualitative research is needed into the specific demographics, needs, and outcomes of local unattached patient populations.
25-27) A qualitative investigation of unattached patients with low SES and chronic disease highlighted themes of participants feeling like undesirable patients because of unsuccessful attempts to find a regular provider and concerns about lack of access to preventive services and discontinuous medical records.
With historically high patient attachment rates in Canada and NS, very little is known about access to primary health care for unattached patients, including whether or not SES or chronic disease status is related to unattached patients' ability to get an appointment with a primary health care provider.
The patient was transported to the labor and delivery (L&D) unit where I was the in-house ObGyn on call for unattached patients.