ERIC Number: EJ725470
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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The ER and the Red Sox
Journal of College Science Teaching, v35 n3 p16 Nov-Dec 2005
Although previous studies have found a decline in health-care use during major sporting events, the Children's Hospital Boston researchers are the first to quantify the magnitude of the events--using television Nielsen ratings--showing that the bigger or more suspenseful the event, the quieter the emergency department. Borrowing data from a real-time disease surveillance system developed at Children's, the researchers tracked hourly visit rates at six Boston-area emergency departments during each of the 2004 American League Champion-ship Series and World Series games. They plotted these rates against television viewership as indicated by local Nielsen ratings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts