[Are emergency admissions to medical departments dependent on weather?]

Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2000 Dec 10;120(30):3678-9.
[Article in Norwegian]


Background: It is widely believed that patients are more frequently admitted to hospital in bad weather.

Material and methods: We evaluated all 15,060 emergency admissions to the Medical Department of Rogaland Central Hospital during a 17-month period and compared this material with meteorological data.

Results: We found no correlation between the number of admissions and "good weather" (as defined by the amount of cloud cover), but we found a significant difference of about two more patients (6.6%) being admitted on days with rain and snow. There was no correlation between the amount of precipitation and the number of admitted patients, but a small, significant inverse relation between temperature and admissions. We have also demonstrated a considerable difference in the number of admissions on the different weekdays, with the highest number on Mondays and the lowest on Saturdays.

Interpretation: Both the incidence of disease and doctor availability may partially explain the influence of weather and the daily variation in emergency admissions to hospital.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Emergencies*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Norway
  • Patient Admission / statistics & numerical data*
  • Seasons*
  • Weather*