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October 22/29, 2003

Risk of Neonatal Death on Weekends vs Weekdays—Reply

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(16):2124-2126. doi:10.1001/jama.290.16.2124-a

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.