Medical Minute: What's Behind The Deadly 'Weekend Effect' | WABE 90.1 FM

Medical Minute: What's Behind The Deadly 'Weekend Effect'

Jul 11, 2017

In this "Medical Minute," learn about the so-called “Weekend Effect” – the statistical observation that you’re more likely to die if you’re admitted to the hospital on the weekend versus a week day.

It’s a phenomenon that holds true across various nations with differing medical systems, including the United States. Researchers and even people who craft public policy, especially in national health systems like the United Kingdom’s, naturally assumed that lower hospital staffing on weekends compared to weekdays fed the problem.

Tune in to hear how the evidence points to another culprit.

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