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Realizing improved patient care through human-centered operating room design: A human factors methodology for observing flow disruptions in the cardiothoracic operating room

Author(s): Palmer, G., Abernathy, J. H., Swinton, G., Allison, D., Greenstein, J., Shappell, S., Juang, K., Reeves, S. T.
The authors indicate that disruptions in the workflow of surgeries can extend surgery times and contribute to the escalation of healthcare costs.
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Using a Task Analysis to Describe Nursing Work in Acute Care Patient Environments

Author(s): Battisto, D., Pak, R., Vander Wood, M. A., Pilcher, J. J.
A growing body of research demonstrates linkages between workplace design and processes in healthcare facilities with staff and patient safety, operational efficiency, staff satisfaction, and medical errors. There has been less emphasis on the role of the built environment in helping or hindering care delivery. Research is needed on the contextualized activities performed by nurses and how nurses spend their time to measure the effects of interventions aimed at redesigning care to improve safety or efficiency or to understand the implications of policy changes for nursing practice.
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Cancer Patients' Satisfaction With Care in Traditional and Innovative Ambulatory Oncology Clinics

Author(s): Groff, S. L., Carlson, L. E., Tsang, K., Potter, B. J.
Recent advances in cancer care allow more cancer patients to be treated on an ambulatory care basis, whether chemotherapy, radiation therapy or follow-up care. Care can include physical, psychological, and emotional challenges. Ambulatory oncology clinics have the opportunity to create positive treatment experiences for patients. 
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Impact of Medication Storage Cabinets on Efficient Delivery of Medication and Employee Frustration

Author(s): Hull, T., Czirr, L. , Wilson, M.
Safe medication administration is essential to ensuring positive patient outcomes and is a priority in healthcare institutions. Recent innovations in technology and automation are designed to eliminate errors as well as move activities closer to the patient’s bedside to improve nursing workflow. It has been postulated that moving medications and supplies closer to the point of care reduces nurses’ traveling time and makes it easier to administer medication.
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Long-term effects of a shared decision-making intervention on physician-patient interaction and outcome in fibromyalgia. A qualitative and quantitative 1 year follow-up of a randomized controlled trial

Author(s): Bieber, C., M체ller, K.G., Blumenstiel, K., Schneider, A., Richter, A., Wilke, S., Hartmann, M., Eich, W.

Artifacts and collaborative work in healthcare: methodological, theoretical, and technological implications of the tangible

Author(s): Xiao, Y.

Isolation in the allogeneic transplant environment: how protective is it?

Author(s): Hayes-Lattin, B., Leis, J.F., Maziarz, R.T.

Cell phones and Acinetobacter transmission

Author(s): Borer, A., Gilad, J., Smolyakov, R., Eskira, S., Peled, N., Porat, N., Hyam, E., Trefler, R., Riesenberg, K., Schlaeffer, F.

Medication errors and drug-dispensing systems in a hospital pharmacy

Author(s): Anacleto, T.A., Perini, E., Rosa, M.B., Cesar, C.C.

The minimally invasive surgical suite enters the 21st century

Author(s): Herron, D., Gagner, M., Kenyon, T., Swanstrm, L.