Task errors by emergency physicians are associated with interruptions, multitasking, fatigue and working memory capacity: a prospective, direct observation study

Date: 2/8/2018
Category: Research Paper
Tags: Information Overload,interruptions,medicine,multi-tasking
Source Author: Johanna I Westbrook, Magdalena Z Raban, Scott R Walter, Heather Douglas
Source Date: 1/20/2018
Source Name: BMJ Journals
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Interruptions, multitasking and poor sleep were associated with significantly increased rates of prescribing errors among emergency physicians. WMC mitigated the negative influence of these factors to an extent. These results confirm experimental findings in other fields and raise questions about the acceptability of the high rates of multitasking and interruption in clinical environments.

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