Task2Heart: Exploring Heart Rate Differences with Time-Motion Workflow Observations of Emergency Medicine Physicians
Emergency department (ED) teams deliver and coordinate unscheduled, high acuity care to multiple patients simultaneously. ED teams have little control over incoming patient flow, volume, or acuity, resulting in chaotic and unpredictable environments. While emergency medicine (EM) is known to be stressful with a high rate of physicians leaving the field, the specific types of tasks associated with this stress have not been well defined [1, 2]. Understanding the aspects of practicing EM that are resulting in the greatest stress for physicians is essential to developing strategies to decrease acute stress and burnout in the long term.
Most prior work on emergency physician (EP) stress has focused on qualitative methods using surveys and interviews to assess self-reported perceptions of workplace stress-associated factors [3, 4]. Studies have suggested that multitasking and interruptions increase physician workload and stress, which could influence burnout and patient care [5,...
This work was supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (5R03HS024801–02).
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