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Journal Article

Relationships of multitasking, physicians' strain, and performance: an observational study in ward physicians.

Weigl M, Müller A, Sevdalis N, et al. Journal of patient safety. 2013;9:18-23.

Symptoms of burnout are significantly more common among physicians compared with the general population. This German time-and-motion study found that multitasking is common among hospital physicians and that time spent multitasking is associated with greater psychological strain. Interestingly, multitasking physicians self-reported superior performance, indicating that physicians may lack insight into the correlation between workload and burnout.