THANK YOU: MORE THAN 14,200 TAKE PART IN FINAL HISLAC SURVEY
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.
HiSLAC (High-Intensity Specialist Led Acute Care) seeks to determine whether having more specialists in hospitals at weekends will improve outcomes for patients admitted as medical emergencies.
Distributed via a senior consultant project lead in participating NHS Trusts, the web-based questionnaire aims to capture a snapshot of the number of consultants on duty on a reference Wednesday and Sunday. The information remains completely anonymous.
With the survey data researchers hope to ultimately establish whether there is a correlation between specialist (senior doctor) intensity and weekend/weekday admission mortality. Other parts of the study are investigating weekend/weekday care quality (case record review); care processes (ethnography); as well as the cost effectiveness (health economics).
HiSLAC’s final report is due out next year, with individual academic articles published in the coming months.