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Panda N, Sinyard RD, Henrich N, et al. J Patient Saf. 2021;17:256-263.
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented numerous challenges for the healthcare workforce, including redeploying personnel to different locations or retraining personnel for different tasks. Researchers interviewed hospital leaders from health systems in the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea about redeployment of health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors discuss effective practices and lessons learned preparing for and executing workforce redeployment, as well as concerns regarding redeployed personnel
González-Gil MT, González-Blázquez C, Parro-Moreno AI, et al. Intensive Crit Care Nurs. 2021;62:102966.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in concerns about psychological and emotional well-being of health care professionals. In this cross-sectional study, critical care and emergency nurses in Spain report fears of COVID-19 infection, elevated workloads, higher nurse-to-patient ratios, communication struggles with management, and socio-emotional challenges in caring for their patients and themselves during the pandemic.
Cullen A. Uitgeverij van Brug: The Hague, The Netherlands; 2019. ISBN: 9789065232236.
Patient stories offer important insights regarding the impact medical errors have on patients and their families. This book shares the author's experience with medical error and spotlights how lack of transparency in European health care can contribute to avoidable process failures that result in patient harm.
Williams SP, Malik HT, Nicolay CR, et al. J Healthc Risk Manag. 2018;37:25-51.
This systematic review of interventions to increase employee well-being in health care settings identified multiple strategies. Individual-level strategies included physical health promotion, stress management interventions, and complementary and alternative medicine. System-level approaches included changing work practices and implementing multicomponent interventions. Lack of consistent measures and robust evaluation strategy impeded assessment of which strategies were most effective.
Weigl M, Müller A, Vincent C, et al. BMJ Qual Saf. 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.