J Emerg Med. 1987;5(2):91-5. doi: 10.1016/0736-4679(87)90070-9.


To assess the moon's perceived impact on emergency medicine, a survey was conducted using a modified Belief in Lunar Effects (BILE) scale. Eighty percent of the respondent emergency department nurses and 64% of the emergency physicians believe that the moon affects patients. Of these nurses, 92% find lunar shifts more stressful and indicated lunar pay differentials are warranted. Medical, social, and administrative strategies to deal with lunacy are presented.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Behavior
  • Emergencies*
  • Folklore*
  • Humans
  • Illusions*
  • Meteorological Concepts*
  • Wit and Humor as Topic