'Weekend Effect' is skewed by severity of cases on Saturday and Sunday, study finds

Press/Media: Research

Release date: 19/10/2016

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The ‘Weekend Effect’ in which patients admitted to hospital on Saturday and Sunday are more likely to die, is a myth which can be explained by the condition of patients, researchers have concluded.

The University of Manchester looked at more than three million patient records dating from the 2013/14 financial year.

They found that once severity was taken into account, there was no increased risk during the weekend except for a very small increase during Sunday daytime.

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Title'Weekend Effect' is skewed by severity of cases on Saturday and Sunday, study finds
Date19/10/16
PersonsMatthew Sutton, Laura Anselmi