The “Saturday Effect” in Obstetrics: A Comparison Between Referral Patterns on Saturday and Other Days of the Week
Through this communication, we wish to highlight that a disproportionate number of obstetric patients are referred from the first- or second-level facilities to tertiary centres on weekends, especially Saturdays . Day-of-the-week linked referral patterns are recognised in Western literature, not necessarily only in obstetrics . However, documentation in contemporary Indian literature is not extensive. Our research question aimed to find if “taking a break during weekends” by doctors leads to increased inter-institutional referrals.
We conducted a prospective observational study at our tertiary-care hospital over 1 year to ascertain if differential referral patterns exist. All obstetric cases referred on Saturdays were compared to those referred on all other days, including Sundays; data regarding reasons for referral, consistency between indication for referral and actual diagnosis after admission; and maternal and perinatal mortality patterns were analysed.
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Conflict of interest
All the authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
All procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008 (5). Since it was a review of records, no informed consent was obtained from any patients for being included in the study. This article does not contain any studies with animal subjects.
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