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Interruptions to doctors should be minimized: study
Modern Healthcare

Interruptions cause emergency-department physicians to shorten the time they spend on clinical tasks and often cause them to not complete the task at all, according to a study by Australian researchers published in the journal Quality and Safety in Health Care. Researchers watched 40 doctors in the emergency department of a 400-bed teaching hospital over 210 weekday hours from July 2006 to January 2007, and they observed that physicians get interrupted while performing a task 6.6 times an hour.