PUBLISHED TODAY: HiSLAC literature review shows 16% higher chance of mortality for weekend hospital admissions compared with weekday admissions, but rates vary depending on whether admission was emergency, maternity or elective. The largest review of the scientific literature on the ‘weekend effect’ to date also reports insufficient information on illness severity, patient journey and staffing levels suggesting a variety of factors should be further investigated
The final year of the HISLAC study is off to a flying start with the publication of two new 7-day NHS studies.
HiSLAC’s latest study has been published in BMJ Quality and Safety. Analysing anonymised data from more than 163,000 patient admissions, the study set out to determine whether higher mortality rates associated with weekend hospital admissions (the ‘weekend effect’) could be explained by patients being sicker at weekends.
More than 14,200 consultants and associate specialists completed the fifth and final survey to help create a nationwide ‘snapshot’ of specialist intensity and 7-day services. The latest figure takes the total of responses to the annual HiSLAC Point Prevalence Survey up to 70,000, gathered from 80 per cent of acute Trusts in England.
The fifth and final HiSLAC Point Prevalence Survey goes live today. The questionnaire will be distributed to consultants and associate specialists, via local project leads, to help create a nationwide ‘snapshot’ of specialist intensity and 7-day services.
This summer, we launch our fifth and final survey to help create a nationwide ‘snapshot’ of specialist intensity and 7-day services. The annual Point Prevalence Survey will be distributed to consultants and associate specialists, via local project leads, in mid-June.
HiSLAC’s Case Note Review protocol has been published in BMJ Open.
A Two-Epoch Cross-Sectional Case Record Review Protocol Comparing Quality Of Care Of Hospital Emergency Admissions At Weekends Versus Weekdays sets out the latest component of the five-year HiSLAC project.
The second round of HiSLAC’s ethnography sub-study has now started.
Based at the University of Leicester, the ethnographers are conducting a qualitative study to find out more about how hospitals organise systems for weekend care. Insights from initial visits and interviews at 20 case study sites are shaping the second round of work.
We are offering consultants and senior registrars in adult acute medical specialities the exciting opportunity to participate in the HiSLAC project as expert case record reviewers. Seventy-five reviewers have already signed up and there are now just five spaces left.
We welcome Kam Gareja to the team - our newly appointed Research Associate. His role will focus on managing the case record review and he'll be the main point of contact for reviewers.
East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust has been named as the organisation with the highest response rate to this year’s HiSLAC survey.
We are offering consultants and senior registrars in adult acute medical specialities the opportunity to participate in the HiSLAC project as expert case record reviewers.
There’s just over one week to go until the closing date for the penultimate HiSLAC Point Prevalence Survey.
The protocol for HiSLAC’s ethnographic study has been published in BMJ Open.
HiSLAC Chief Investigator, Julian Bion gave the prestigious George Whitfield Lecture to the West Midlands Physicians Association (WMPA) this week.