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Ir Med J. 1997 Jan-Feb;90(1):28.

'Saturday flit, short sit'--a strong influence of a superstition on the timing of hospital discharges?

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Mercer's Institute for Research on Ageing, St. James's Hospital, Dublin.

Abstract

'Saturday Flit, Short Sit' is a phrase recognised by 58% of our patient population. The superstition implies that leaving hospital on a Saturday is bad luck and will mean early re-admission to hospital. 13.7% of all patients interviewed would refuse to go home on a Saturday and 40% of doctors would allow postponement of discharge because of the patients superstition.

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