Monday blues 'responsible for missed appointments'
Article date: 14 December 2012
New research suggests that the reason that many people miss medical appoints is the 'Monday blues'.
A team from Glasgow University found that there was a clear trend which saw patients more likely to show up for GP and hospital appointments towards the end of the week.
"Mondays are worst for missed appointments. But over the course of the week attendance steadily improves. Fridays have the fewest no-shows," said researcher Dr Rob Jenkins.
He and his fellow investigator David Ellis suggested that psychological factors could explain the results.
Dr Jenkins referred to recent studies that have shown that each day of the week brings about a different and distinct emotional response.
Mondays are the most negative days, while emotional tone becomes more optimistic running up to Fridays.
The team believes that if medical authorities scheduled more meetings on Thursdays and Fridays they could save as much as £60 million every year.