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The impact of health care strikes on patient mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies.

Essex R, Weldon SM, Thompson T, et al. The impact of health care strikes on patient mortality: A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. Health Serv Res. 2022;57(6):1218-1234. 10.1111/1475-6773.14022

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November 30, 2022
Essex R, Weldon SM, Thompson T, et al. Health Serv Res. 2022;57(6):1218-1234.

A systematic review in early 2022 revealed healthcare worker strikes may negatively impact patient safety but also result in long-term benefits. This review by the same authors explores the impact of strikes on in-hospital and population mortality. None of the 11 studies examining in-hospital mortality reported a significant difference between mortality during the strike compared to the control period. Similarly, there was no difference in population mortality.

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Essex R, Weldon SM, Thompson T, et al. The impact of health care strikes on patient mortality: A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. Health Serv Res. 2022;57(6):1218-1234. 10.1111/1475-6773.14022

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