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Journal Article

Can you multitask? Evidence and limitations of task switching and multitasking in emergency medicine.

Skaugset M, Farrell S, Carney M, et al. Annals of emergency medicine. 2016;68:189-95.

Interruptions and task-switching are common contributors to complexity in emergency care. Exploring behaviors associated with multitasking in various disciplines, including human factors engineering, cognition science, and business, this review outlines a framework for enhancing understanding of multitasking, such as whether it can be performed successfully and types of actions that can be combined safely.