Journal Article
Review

Improving our understanding of multi-tasking in healthcare: drawing together the cognitive psychology and healthcare literature.

Douglas HE, Raban MZ, Walter SR, et al. Applied ergonomics. 2017;59:45-55.

Multitasking is thought to impair cognition, which in turn affects patient safety. This review found that studies of multitasking in health care rely on direct observation, whereas other fields such as cognitive psychology have used simulation experiments. The authors propose applying lessons from other fields to patient safety.