Ethnography protocol published
The article - The ‘weekend effect’ in acute medicine: A protocol for a team-based ethnography of weekend care for medical patients in acute hospital settings - establishes data collection and analysis methods for the team of social scientists based at the University of Leicester.
In the article, the authors state: “The findings will make a significant contribution to understanding the weekend effect in acute medical care, and the impact of specialist staffing at weekends on care delivery, patient and staff experience, and patient outcomes.”
The team have just completed a first round of observational visits to 20 participating NHS Acute Trusts. Data is being collected through observations and shadowing, and interviews with staff and patients.
The HiSLAC (High-Intensity Specialist Led Acute Care) project is an independent, nation-wide study to understand the impact on patient care of increasing specialist cover at weekends.