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BA Adel, GDipEd Melb, M.Biostats Syd, PhD Macq.

Building on a background in Mathematics education, I completed a Master of Biostatistics in parallel with the NSW Health Biostatistical Officer Training program, during which I worked extensively with population level health data and data linkage studies across a diversed range of subject areas. I joined the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Reearch in 2012 and completed a PhD in the following years while also working as a statistician on other projects within the centre. I now work as a Research Fellow in Applied Biostatistics leading my own program of work as well as providing analysis advice and support.

Research interests

My research focuses on the quantitative analysis of clinical work practices in healthcare. In particular this involves examining the impacts of interruptions and multitasking in the clinical setting through the analysis of data from direct observations of clinicians' work. A component of this work involves advancement of quantitative methods used in the study of direct observational data, including the innovative use of existing methods and the development of new analysis approaches. 

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Projects 2014 2016

Research Outputs 2010 2020

Comparison of the quick Sepsis-Related Organ Failure Assessment (qSOFA) and Adult Sepsis Pathway in predicting adverse outcomes among adult patients on general wards: a retrospective observational cohort study

Li, L., Rathnayake, K., Green, M., Shetty, A., Fullick, M., Walter, S., Middleton-Rennie, C., Meller, M., Braithwaite, J., Lander, H. & Westbrook, J., 6 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Internal Medicine Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Patients' Rooms
Observational Studies
Cohort Studies
Hospital Mortality

Are patients with a nasally placed feeding tube at risk of potential drug-drug interactions? A multicentre cross-sectional study

Gimenes, F. R. E., Baysari, M., Walter, S., Moreira, L. A., de Carvalho, R. E. F. L., Miasso, A. I., Faleiros, F. & Westbrook, J., 1 Jan 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 7, p. 1-14 14 p., e0220248.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Drug interactions
drug interactions
tube feeding
Enteral Nutrition
Drug Interactions

Improving the performance of clinical decision support for early detection of sepsis: a retrospective observational cohort study

Li, L., Rathnayake, K., Green, M., Fullick, M., Shetty, A., Walter, S., Braithwaite, J., Lander, H. & Westbrook, J. I., 21 Aug 2019, MEDINFO 2019: Health and Wellbeing e-Networks for All - Proceedings of the 17th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics. Ohno-Machado, L. & Seroussi, B. (eds.). Amsterdam: IOS Press, p. 679-683 5 p. (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; vol. 264).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Clinical Decision Support Systems
Decision support systems
Observational Studies
Cohort Studies

Interruptions and multitasking in clinical work: a summary of the evidence

Westbrook, J. I., Raban, M. Z. & Walter, S. R., 2019, Cognitive informatics: reengineering clinical workflow for safer and more efficient care. Zheng, K., Westbrook, J., Kannampallil, T. G. & Patel, V. L. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer, p. 103-114 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Delivery of Health Care
Experimental Psychology
Health Care Sector

The potential impact of an electronic medication management system on safety‐critical prescribing errors in an emergency department

Raban, M. Z., Walter, S. R., Pont, L. G., Cheung, L., Strumpman, D. & Westbrook, J. I., 1 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research. 49, 2, p. 108-115 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Medication Systems
Hospital Emergency Service
Medication Errors
Patient Safety