Journal Article

Effect of distractions on operative performance and ability to multitask—a case for deliberate practice.

Ahmed A; Ahmad M; Stewart CM; Francis HW; Bhatti NI.

This direct observation study revealed that surgeons performed with less dexterity and made more errors when distractions were present in the operating room compared to when no distraction occurred, and this effect was more pronounced in those with less experience. Consistent with prior work on interruptions and distractions, this finding underscores the need to augment health care work environments to improve safety.