It’s no secret that people are more likely to miss a medical appointment if it’s scheduled for the beginning of the week. A new study has found that scheduling appointments for the end of the week can increase attendance by over 10 per cent.
The study, which was conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, found that patients were more likely to show up for their appointments if they were scheduled for Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.
Researchers say that this is likely because people are more likely to have free time at the end of the week, and they are less likely to have to miss work for their appointments.
This is good news for doctors and patients alike. Not only does it mean that patients are more likely to get the care they need, but it also means that doctors can see more patients in a given day.
If you’re looking to make sure you don’t miss your next medical appointment, schedule it for the end of the week. You (and your doctor) will be glad you did.
It has long been known that attendance for medical appointments tends to be lower at the beginning of the week and higher towards the end. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Central Florida found that by scheduling appointments for the end of the week, attendance could be increased by over 10 percent.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Health care Management, looked at data from over 1.2 million appointments at three different health care organizations. The data showed that attendance was significantly lower for appointments scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays, with the lowest attendance on Mondays. Appointments scheduled for Fridays had the highest attendance, followed by Thursdays and Wednesdays.
The researchers believe that the reason for this is that people are more likely to miss work for appointments at the beginning of the week, when they are more likely to be tired from the work week. By the end of the week, people are more likely to have taken vacation days or have lighter work schedules, making it easier for them to attend appointments.
The study’s authors say that the findings have important implications for health care organizations. They recommend that organizations consider rescheduling appointments to the end of the week, or offer appointments on multiple days of the week to increase attendance.