Journal article

Impact of out-of-hours admission on patient mortality: longitudinal analysis in a tertiary acute hospital

Lu Han, Matt Sutton, Stuart Clough, Richard Warner, Tim Doran

BMJ QUALITY & SAFETY | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Emergency hospital admission on weekends is associated with an increased risk of mortality. Previous studies have been limited to examining single years and assessing day-not time-of admission. We used an enhanced longitudinal data set to estimate the 'weekend effect' over time and the effect of night-time admission on all-cause mortality rates. METHODS: We examined 246 350 emergency spells from a large teaching hospital in England between April 2004 and March 2014. Outcomes included 7-day, 30-day and in-hospital mortality rates. We conducted probit regressions to estimate the impact on the absolute difference in the risk of mortality of two key predictors: (1) admission on weeke..

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