Workflow interruptions, social stressors from supervisor(s) and attention failure in surgery personnel

Pereira, Diana; Müller, Patrick; Elfering, Achim (2015). Workflow interruptions, social stressors from supervisor(s) and attention failure in surgery personnel. Industrial health, 53(5), pp. 427-433. National Institute of Industrial Health 10.2486/indhealth.2013-0219

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Workflow interruptions and social stressors among surgery personnel may cause attention failure at work that may increase rumination about work issues during leisure time. The test of these assumptions should contribute to the understanding of exhaustion in surgery personnel and patient safety. Workflow interruptions and supervisor-related social stressors were tested to predict attention failure that predicts work-related rumination during leisure time. One hundred ninety-four theatre nurses, anaesthetists and surgeons from a Swiss University hospital participated in a cross-sectional survey. The participation rate was 58%. Structural equation modelling confirmed both indirect paths from workflow interruptions and social stressors via attention failure on rumination (both p<0.05). An alternative model, assuming the reversed indirect causation-from attention failure via workflow interruptions and social stressors on rumination-could not be empirically supported. Workflow interruptions and social stressors at work are likely to trigger attention failure in surgery personnel. Work redesign and team intervention could help surgery personnel to maintain a high level of quality and patient safety and detach from work related issues to recover during leisure time.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Elfering, Achim

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

0019-8366

Publisher:

National Institute of Industrial Health

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christin Gerhardt

Date Deposited:

24 Aug 2016 15:11

Last Modified:

24 Aug 2016 15:11

Publisher DOI:

10.2486/indhealth.2013-0219

PubMed ID:

26027706

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/86239

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