RESEARCH TO PRACTICEWhy Do Patients Return to the Emergency Department?Proud, Matthew E. BSN, RN, CEN; Howard, Patricia Kunz PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAANSection Editor(s): Howard, Patricia Kunz PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN; Column Editors; Shapiro, Susan E. PhD, RN, FAAN; Column Editors Author Information Emergency Services, University of Kentucky HealthCare, Lexington (Mr Proud and Dr Howard); and University of Kentucky College of Nursing, Lexington (Mr Proud). Corresponding Author: Patricia Kunz Howard, PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN, Emergency Services, University of Kentucky HealthCare, 1000 S. Limestone St, A.00.401, Lexington, KY 40536 (email@example.com). Disclosure: The authors report no conflicts of interest. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal: April/June 2016 - Volume 38 - Issue 2 - p 83-88 doi: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000098 Buy Metrics Abstract Review of recent evidence with translation to practice for the advanced practice nurse (APN) role is presented using a case study module for “Return Visits to the Emergency Department: The Patient Perspective.” This qualitative inquiry performed 60 semistructured interviews of patients who returned to the emergency department within 9 days of their primary visit for the same complaint. Patients most often returned because of concerns that their initial visit did not adequately address their complaint, and they needed assurance from providers that their clinical condition was not a serious health concern. Patients also expressed a lack of contact with a provider between the 2 visits either to answer questions or to address ongoing concerns. This study highlights the important role of the APN in providing quality care, reassurance, and communication related to follow-up care. © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.