Monday blues 'equals no-show' for early week GP appointments

18 December 2012

The reason that so many people miss their appointments at the start of a week, be it at their local GPs or a hospital, is because of "Monday blues", a new study has claimed.

Researchers from Glasgow University discovered that while the start of the week seemed to be really bad in terms of the number of no-shows, as the week progressed, attendance tended to improve.

Consequently, Friday was found to be the most efficient day in terms of the number of kept appointments.

"Recent psychological studies have shown that different days of the week evoke distinct emotional responses," explained the psychologist Rob Jenkins.

"Mondays have the most negative response; Fridays the most positive. And emotional tone brightens steadily over the intervening days."

The team behind the study think that this is such an important finding that they would go as far as to recommend doctors to try and put appointments back to the end of the week.

This, they claim, would result in savings of £60 million a year, which could be redirected to better causes.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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