Lack of Association Between Meteorological Factors and Internal Medicine Admissions in New Orleans: Residents Perceptions Differ
In some regions, weather conditions have an impact upon emergency department (ED) visits, hospital admissions, and even mortality.1, 2, 3 Studies in other regions have shown no such impact of weather.4, 5 Physician perceptions of this inconsistent phenomenon are unclear, particularly in internal medicine. We aimed to study the effect of weather on admissions at our hospitals and to determine if resident physicians working in these hospitals accurately perceived its impact.
We analyzed the relationship between local weather and internal medicine (IM) admissions at two nearby centers in New Orleans over a 3-year period, 2013–2016. A two-sample ttest with equal variances was used to compare the binary variables (e.g., thunderstorm, heavy fog) provided by the National Climactic Data Center. Additional binary categories were created by categorizing continuous variables such as precipitation, average wind speed, and temperature into dichotomous variables. The cut-offs...
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