Hospital doctors' workflow interruptions and activities : an observation study


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WEIGL, Matthias, Andreas MÜLLER, Andrea ZUPANC, Jürgen GLASER, Peter ANGERER, 2011. Hospital doctors' workflow interruptions and activities : an observation study. In: BMJ Quality & Safety. 20(6), pp. 491-497. ISSN 2044-5415. eISSN 2044-5423. Available under: doi: 10.1136/bmjqs.2010.043281

@article{Weigl2011-06Hospi-19092, title={Hospital doctors' workflow interruptions and activities : an observation study}, year={2011}, doi={10.1136/bmjqs.2010.043281}, number={6}, volume={20}, issn={2044-5415}, journal={BMJ Quality & Safety}, pages={491--497}, author={Weigl, Matthias and Müller, Andreas and Zupanc, Andrea and Glaser, Jürgen and Angerer, Peter} }

2012-05-02T07:56:42Z Hospital doctors' workflow interruptions and activities : an observation study Zupanc, Andrea Glaser, Jürgen Zupanc, Andrea Angerer, Peter terms-of-use Müller, Andreas Background: Interruptions of hospital doctors' workflow are a frequent stressor, eventually jeopardising quality of clinical performance. To enhance the safety of hospital doctors' work, it is necessary to analyse frequency and circumstances of workflow interruptions.<br />Aim: To quantify workflow interruptions among hospital doctors, identify frequent sources and relate sources to doctors' concurrent activities. Methods: Within a typical hospital, 32 participant observations of doctors' full work shifts were carried out. Time–motion information was collected on types of workflow interruption and doctors' activities and analysed with logit–linear analyses. Results: The frequency of workflow interruptions was high, especially on the intensive care unit and emergency ward. Telephones and bleepers were the most frequently recorded type of work interruption. The combined analysis of doctors' activities and concurrent workflow interruptions revealed that the likelihood of the occurrence of certain types of interruption depended on the tasks being carried out by the doctor.<br />Conclusion: The present method may be useful for quantifying and distinguishing sources of hospital doctors' workflow interruptions and useful in raising awareness of organisational circumstances. Publ. in: BMJ Quality & Safety ; 20 (2011), 6. - pp. 491-497 2011-06 Angerer, Peter Müller, Andreas eng Weigl, Matthias 2012-05-02T07:56:42Z Weigl, Matthias Glaser, Jürgen

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