Wallston KA, Slagle JM, Speroff T, Nwosu S, Crimin K, Feurer ID, Boettcher B, Weinger MB. Operating Room Clinicians' Ratings of Workload: A Vignette Simulation Study.
Journal of Patient Safety. 2014 June; 10(2). 95-100.
PMID: 24522226 [PubMed]
Increased clinician workload is associated with medical errors and patient harm. The Quality and Workload Assessment Tool (QWAT) measures anticipated (pre-case) and perceived (post-case) clinical workload during actual surgical procedures using ratings of individual and team case difficulty from every operating room (OR) team member. The purpose of this study was to examine the QWAT ratings of OR clinicians who were not present in the OR but who read vignettes compiled from actual case documentation to assess interrater reliability and agreement with ratings made by clinicians involved in the actual cases.
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