Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Dr Gould and colleagues1 found evidence of increased mortality among neonates
on the weekends vs weekdays, but this difference was no longer significant
after adjusting for birth weight. Such an analysis may appear to account for
the higher case-mix of preterm infants that may be born on the weekends, and
thus be at higher risk for neonatal mortality.
Malloy MH, Freeman DH. Risk of Neonatal Death on Weekends vs Weekdays—Reply. JAMA. 2003;290(16):2124-2126. doi:10.1001/jama.290.16.2124-a