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‘Weekend effect’ mortality rate in hospitals not a reliable indicator of care quality

June 6, 2019

The higher mortality rate for weekend hospital admissions should not be used as an indicator of quality of care due to the lack of data preceding patient admission and on the severity of their illness, a new study conducted at the University of Warwick Medical School has concluded.

The study was undertaken as part of the High-intensity Specialist-Led Acute Care (HiSLAC) project, which is a collaboration led by the University of Birmingham and funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and brings together a collaboration of patients, clinicians, researchers and policy-makers across the NHS in England to contribute to the evaluation of aspects of NHS England’s 7-Day Service programme.

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