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Journal Article

The association of workflow interruptions and hospital doctors' workload: a prospective observational study.

Weigl M, Müller A, Vincent C, et al. BMJ quality & safety. 2012;21:399-407.

This study used a previously validated instrument to quantify the frequency with which hospital-based doctors were interrupted in the course of their clinical activities and the effect on overall workload. The investigators found that interruptions were common and associated with higher perceived workload.