‘JULY EFFECT’ DOES NOT EFFECT STROKE OUTCOME, SAYS NEW STUDY

Medical residentsIn a new study conducted by St. Michael’s Dr. Gustavo Saposnik, stroke patients admitted to hospital in the month of July had similar outcomes to patients admitted in other months of the year. These findings relieve concerns about the ‘July Effect’, in which quality of care may be decreased due to the introduction of medical students into residency during the month of July.

Stroke outcomes such as mortality, hospital readmission and long term disability were not affected by the ‘July Effect’. The multidisciplinary nature of stroke treatment is thought to alleviate the effects of inexperienced medical residents providing care.

“More research is needed to understand the possible impact of less-experienced care during the initial moments of stroke management to be sure no July effect is at play at any point of stroke care,” said Dr. Saposnik.

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