Journal Article
Review

Impacts of operational failures on primary care physicians' work: a critical interpretive synthesis of the literature.

Sinnott C, Georgiadis A, Park J, et al. Ann Fam Med. 2020;18.

This review synthesized research exploring how operational failures (e.g., distractions, situational constraints) in primary care affect the work of primary care physicians. The literature suggests that operational failures are common, and the gap between what physicians perceive that they should be doing and what they were doing (“work-as-imagined” vs, “work-as-done”) is largely attributed to operational failures over which the primary care physicians had limited control. The authors suggest that future research focus on which operational failures have the highest impact in primary care settings in order to prioritize areas for targeted improvement.