The effect of superstition on the day of discharge from maternity units in Northern Ireland: 'A Saturday flit is a short sit'

D. O'Reilly*, M. Stevenson

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Abstract

The impetus for evidence-based practice arose from the science of maternity and childcare. Yet this has to coexist with patient preferences which are often based on a belief system far removed from science. This paper shows how a superstition, which suggests that moving on a Saturday is unlucky, affects a large proportion of discharges from maternity units in Northern Ireland. This is a descriptive study of the 77,018 patients admitted to maternity units in Northern Ireland between 1994/95 and 1996/97. Overall 3819 (35.7%) fewer patients than expected were discharged on Saturday and 2445 (23.2%) and 1834 (17.4%) more than expected were discharged on Friday and Sunday respectively. This means that at least 8097 patients were probably affected by the superstition. In an evidence-based world patient preferences are still evident.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-142
Number of pages4
Journaljournal of obstetrics and gynaecology
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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