NIHR. Published online: 20 April 2016
Interim findings from a NIHR HS&DR study, published in The Lancet, have found that there is no significant difference in risk of mortality for patients admitted to a psychiatric hospital at the weekend versus during the week.
Whilst previous studies have indicated that risk of mortality is higher for patients admitted to acute hospitals at the weekend less is known about variations in clinical outcomes among patients admitted to psychiatric hospitals.
The main study is being led by Professor Len Bowers from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and is evaluating ‘seclusion and intensive psychiatric care’. As part of the research the team have investigated the variations in clinical outcomes for patients admitted to a psychiatric hospital at the weekend.
The results identified that patients admitted at the weekend had shorter admissions and increased risk of readmission but no significant difference in risk of inpatient mortality. This finding contrasts with previous studies in acute hospitals where weekend admission is typically associated with increased likelihood of inpatient mortality, and highlights a need to consider variations in demand when implementing health-care services across a 7 day week.
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