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 HiSLAC (High-Intensity Specialist Led Acute Care) is an independent, nation-wide study to understand the impact on patient care of increasing specialist cover at weekends.

Using retrospective review of case records from 20 NHS hospital Trusts during two time epochs, the study aims to determine whether there is a difference in quality of care offered to patients undergoing emergency admission to hospital at weekends compared with weekdays. 

Reviewers will evaluate 4000 randomly-selected non-operative emergency admissions to 20 acute Trusts to measure variations in quality of care between weekends and weekdays, between high-intensity and low-intensity Trusts, and over time. 

Reviews will be undertaken by consultants and senior registrars (ST5 and above) in acute medical specialities.

The full protocol can be found here. All publications are listed in the publications section of the HiSLAC website.


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