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Journal Article

Clinical outcomes and mortality associated with weekend admission to psychiatric hospital.

Patel R, Chesney E, Cullen AE, et al. The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science. 2016;209:29-34.

Multiple studies have documented that patients with various conditions admitted over the weekend have worse outcomes than those admitted on a weekday. This large retrospective study did not find any difference in inpatient mortality for patients admitted to a psychiatric ward on the weekend. However, these patients had shorter admissions and were more likely to be readmitted, and the authors felt that these findings were most likely attributable to inherent differences in the types of psychiatric patients admitted on weekends.