Do Behavioral Health Visits Correspond to the Full Moon?

From Freeman White:

We’ve always heard that behavioral health emergency department visits correspond to the full moon. Because a literature review found no significant correlation, we decided to delve into the data to see for ourselves. Our quick and dirty informal analysis revealed some surprising conclusions.

We gleaned arrival patterns for 120,000 behavioral health patients from two emergency departments. To view and manipulate the data, click here. You may select one or both facilities and the category of behavioral health patient in the center pull-down menus.  The bar charts at the top indicate monthly total behavioral health volumes.  The lower chart displays daily volumes. The black full moon icons on the lower chart indicate the full moon dates, and the brown footballs indicate game days for Facility B.

We conclude from the data that fewer behavioral health patients presented to the ED on full moon days than the monthly average volume. We found no measurable difference between the number of full moon visits on weekdays versus weekends.

University of Minnesota opens nurse practitioner clinic

From Becker’s:

Recent legislation passed in Minnesota paved the way for the April 6 launch of the University of Minnesota Health Nurse Practitioners Clinic in Minneapolis, an entirely nurse-led primary care clinic.

The law granted nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists and nurse anesthetists practice authority to help alleviate the growing physician shortage. At the clinic, nurses will be able to provide basic primary care to Minneapolis’ growing community, and refer complex cases to specialists at the U of M. The clinic will also serve as a training site for clinical pharmacists, undergraduate nursing students and other primary care providers.