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Moving beyond the weekend effect: how can we best target interventions to improve patient care?

Marang-van de Mheen PJ, Vincent C. Moving beyond the weekend effect: how can we best target interventions to improve patient care? BMJ Qual Saf. 2021;30(7):525-528. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2020-012620.

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June 30, 2021
Marang-van de Mheen PJ, Vincent CA. BMJ Qual Saf. 2021;30(7):525-528.

Research has shown that patients admitted to the hospital on the weekend may experience worse outcomes compared to those admitted on weekdays (the ‘weekend effect’). This editorial highlights the challenges to empirically evaluate the underlying mechanisms contributing to the weekend effect. The authors propose viewing the weekend effect as a proxy for staffing levels and the influence of other factors influencing outcomes for patients admitted on weekends, such as patient acuity, clinician skill-mix and access to diagnostic tests or other ancillary services.

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Marang-van de Mheen PJ, Vincent C. Moving beyond the weekend effect: how can we best target interventions to improve patient care? BMJ Qual Saf. 2021;30(7):525-528. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2020-012620.