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October 22/29, 2003

Risk of Neonatal Death on Weekends vs WeekdaysRisk of Neonatal Death on Weekends vs Weekdays

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 concluded that the higher neonatal mortality rates on weekends might be decreased by shifting high-risk deliveries from weekends to weekdays. We have 3 concerns about this conclusion. First, if this strategy were to improve the prognosis of such births, this would also result in an apparently higher mortality rate for weekend births.