Published: 12 November 2016
Author(s): L.S. van Galen, E.M.J. Lammers, L.J. Schoonmade, N. Alam, M.H.H. Kramer, P.W.B. Nanayakkara
Section: Original Article

Acute healthcare chains in the Netherlands are increasingly under pressure because of rising emergency department (ED) admissions, relative bed shortages and government policy changes. In order to improve acute patient flow and quality of care through hospitals, an acute medical unit (AMU) might be a solution, as demonstrated in the UK. However, limited information is available concerning AMUs in the Netherlands. Therefore, the aims of this study were to

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