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1. Grover CA, Close RJ. Frequent users of the emergency department: risky business. West J Emerg Med. 2009; 10: 193-4.

This was an opinion piece highlighting the problems associated with ED frequent users.

2. Grover CA, Close RJ, Villarreal K, Goldman LM. Emergency department frequent user: pilot study of intensive case management to reduce visits and computed tomography. West J Emerg Med. 2010; 11: 336-43.

This was a publication on the first 100 patients in the Frequent Users Group (original EDRVP). We reduced ED visits by 83% and CT scans by 67%

3. Grover CA, Wiele ED, Close RJ. Narcotic Bowel Syndrome. J Emerg Med. 2012; 43: 992-5.

One of our EDRVP patients had chronic abdominal pain - and was ultimately diagnosed with Narcotic Bowel Syndrome after referral to a tertiary care center. As the opiate pain medications caused her recurrent abdominal pain - she asked us to write up the case to teach other providers about her diagnosis.

4. Grover CA, Close RJ, Wiele ED, Villarreal K, Goldman LM. Quantifying drug-seeking behavior: a case control study. J Emerg Med. 2012; 42: 15-21.

Since many of the EDRVP patients exhibit drug seeking behavior from chemical dependency issues, we looked at their behaviors to understand more about drug seeking behavior.

5. Grover CA, Garmel GM. How do emergency physicians interpret prescription narcotic history when assessing patients presenting to the emergency department with pain? Perm J. 2012; 16: 32-6.

We provided a number of fictitious cases of patients presenting with back pain - each with a different prescription drug history (we varied medication potency, number of prescribers, and number of prescriptions) - to see how providers interpreted the data in regards to the possibility of drug seeking behavior.

6. Grover CA, Elder JW, Close RJ, Curry SM. How frequently are "Classic" Drug-Seeking Behaviors Used by Drug-Seeking Patients in the Emergency Department? West J Emerg Med. 2012; 13: 416-21.

Since many of the EDRVP patients exhibit drug seeking behavior from chemical dependency issues, we took another at their behaviors to understand more about drug seeking behavior.

7. Grover CA, Crawford E, Close RJ. The Efficacy of Case Management on Emergency Department frequent users: An Eight Year Observational Study. J Emerg Med. In press

All previous studies of case management have followed patients for 3 years or less. We had the data on patients for 8 years - and found that case management continues to work in the long term

8. Grover C. State prescription drug monitoring programs: Are they the answer to America's new public health epidemic? ACEP Trauma and Injury Prevention Section Newsletter. March 2012

This was an informational piece on prescription drug monitoring programs.

9. Grover C. Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs. Modern Resident. Apr/May 2013.

This was another informational piece on prescription drug monitoring programs.

10. Brooks, Dorothy. New Initiative Slashes Opioid Prescriptions, Boosts Community Response. ED Management. October 2016.

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