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When do parents take children to urgent care centers?

Parents take children to urgent care centers every day of the week, but utilization spikes up at times when pediatrician offices are closed, according to a graph of utilization data by day of the week provided by one operator of pediatric urgent care centers.  These data show that Sunday has the highest utilization, followed by Saturday and Monday.  As far as time of day, Sunday visits spike highest at noon and again in the early evening.  Saturday visits spike up at noon and then hold steady for the rest of the afternoon.  Weekday visits spike in early evening.  Again, these hours tend to be when pediatrician offices are closed.  These data points are a small sample of an extensive examination of the market in New York State for urgent care centers, retail clinics, and urgent care centers.

Source: Chang, J.I., Brundage, S.C., Burke, G.C., and Chokshi, D.A. (2015, Feb.) Convenient Care: Retail Clinics and Urgent Care Centers in New York. New York: United Hospital Fund. Retrieved from https://www.uhfnyc.org/publications/881033 Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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