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Table 2 Impact of public education on public ED attendances in Singapore, 1985–1997

From: Impact of health care system interventions on emergency department utilization and overcrowding in Singapore

Period of public education campaign Monitoring periods Average monthly attendances Average monthly emergency attendances Average monthly non-emergency attendances
Nov 1985 to Feb 1986 Before campaign (10 months from Jan to Oct 1985) 36,014 19,267 16,747
After campaign (10 months from Mar to Dec 1986) 28,836 23,357 5,479
% Change -19.9% +21.2% -67.3%
Sep 1991 Before campaign (Jun to Aug 1991) 45,176 26,859 18,317
After campaign (Oct to Dec 1991) 34,749 23,185 11,564
% Change -23.1% -13.7% -36.9%
Feb 1993 Before campaign (Nov 1992 to Jan 1993) 47,512 28,527 18,985
After campaign (Mar to May 1993) 39,506 25,679 13,827
% Change -16.9% -10.0% -27.2%