Variations in mortality across the week following emergency admission to hospital: linked retrospective observational analyses of hospital episode data in England, 2004/5 to 2013/14

Han L, Meacock R, Anselmi L, Kristensen S R, Sutton M, Doran T, Clough S & Power M
Record ID 32018000040
Authors' objectives: We aimed to assess (1) the costs and benefits of introducing 7-day services, (2) whether or not mortality rates are elevated during all out-of-hours periods, (3) whether or not selection of more severely ill patients for admission out of hours explains elevated mortality rates and (4) whether or not mortality rates out of hours are related to staffing levels.
Authors' recommendations: In addressing variations in patient outcomes across the week, a more nuanced approach, extending services for key specialties over critical periods – rather than implementing whole-system changes – is likely to be the most cost-effective.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2017
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England, United Kingdom
MeSH Terms
  • England
  • Hospitalization
  • Hospitals
  • Humans
  • Retrospective Studies
Organisation Name: NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research programme
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