Characterization of Physicians Workload in a Reference Center for the Treatment of Thrombotic and Bleeding Disorders

S. Rosati; F. Valeri; A. Borchiellini; C. M. Gianfreda; G. Balestra
2019 41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC)

Heavy workloads in healthcare have been often associated to adverse clinical outcomes. To reduce workloads, an optimal scheduling of clinical staff resources is not enough, but particular attention must be payed to work organization and task characteristics. Moreover, interruptions during the clinical practice contribute to increase perceived workloads. In this study we analyzed and characterized the physicians’ workload in an Italian center for the treatment of thrombotic and bleeding disorders. First, all clinical and administrative processes performed in the center were analyzed by means of two process modelling tools. Then, the quantification of the physicians’ workload and the characterization of interruptions during practice were conducted. From our results it emerged that the task that mainly impacts on the workload is ambulatory care (42% of total workload) while interruptions produce a delay of almost 15 minutes per day and mainly occur during visits. Including all activities, the total daily workload per physician was 8 hours on average. In this time breaks were not taken into account. Concluding, from our analysis it is evident that the physicians’ workload in the analyzed center is heavy and interruptions represent a source of delay in the workflow, that impact the physicians’ workload.

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