Schull, M., Stukel, T., Vermeulen, M., et al. (2007). Effect of Widespread Restrictions on the Use of Hospital Services During an Outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 176(13).
The authors examined the effects of restrictions on non-urgent use of hospital services during the SARS outbreak in Toronto and found substantial decreases in elective use and also some decreases in emergency use, suggesting that some patients may have forgone care for urgent conditions.