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Li RC, Marafino BJ, Nielsen D, Baiocchi M, Shieh L. Assessment of a Real-Time Locator System to Identify Physician and Nurse Work Locations. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(2):e1920352. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.20352
Understanding how physicians and nurses spend their workdays is important for improving patient care and clinician training and satisfaction. Time-in-motion studies1,2 performed by human observers have demonstrated that little time is spent engaging in direct patient care vs interacting with computers in workrooms. However, studies relying on human observation are resource intensive, introduce bias, and are costly to scale. Radiofrequency identification has been increasingly used to enable real-time location systems (RTLSs) to unobtrusively map the time and locations of health care workers.3 This cross-sectional study reports the results of an RTLS-enabled study of staff time allocation on an inpatient medicine ward.
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