The public expects to receive care of the same quality whenever and wherever they receive it. Yet, research shows that care organisations do not function in the same way on each day of the week, or during the night compared with daytime hours. This ‘patterned organisation of time’, known as ‘temporal structuring’, has been explored in studies relating to seven-day-a-week services, with the ‘weekend effect’ impact on outcomes of those admitted on weekends, as one example.
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