Assessing the Practice Characteristics of Otolaryngology Same-Day Appointments in an Academic Center

Katie Geelan-Hansen, Vega Were, Kleve Granger, Dwight Jones

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Objectives: to Examine the practice characteristics of same-day clinic appointments and the use of same-day appointment scheduling to provide access to care in an otolaryngology–head and neck surgery clinic. Methods: Retrospective chart review of same-day clinic appointments from January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2018, in patients aged >19 years at a single academic center. Demographic data, diagnoses, procedures completed, and operations completed were analyzed. Results: There were 2696 visits by 2324 patients during the 3-year study period. More men than women (57% vs 43%) made same-day appointments. The mean age was 50.7 years (range, 19-99 years). Sinonasal and otologic diagnoses were the most frequently coded. A total of 1452 procedures were completed on the day of the visit, and 239 operations were completed as a result of the visit. Overall, a broad spectrum of otolaryngology care was delivered within the organizational new patient access goals. Discussion: Access to otolaryngology–head and neck surgery care can be challenging. Many patients will seek care when they feel they need it, and patient conditions can change unexpectedly. Offering same-day scheduling can allow patients timely health care and appropriate care. Implications for Practice: Same-day appointment scheduling can provide access to care and urgent care for patients. The department of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery has been able to maintain a high rate of providing new patient appointments within 10 days with this method. Further considerations for the impact of same-day scheduling on no-show rates and patient satisfaction can be evaluated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)918-922
Number of pages5
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2021


  • access to health care
  • health care delivery
  • otolaryngology access
  • quality improvement
  • same-day appointments
  • same-day appointments
  • same-day scheduling
  • same-day scheduling
  • surgical subspecialty access to health care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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