Changes in nurses' work associated with computerised information systems

opportunities for international comparative studies using the revised Work Observation Method By Activity Timing (WOMBAT)

Johanna I. Westbrook, Nerida J. Creswick, Christine Duffield, Ling Li, William T. M. Dunsmuir

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Abstract

An important step in advancing global health through informatics is to understand how systems support health professionals to deliver improved services to patients. Studies in several countries have highlighted the potential for clinical information systems to change patterns of work and communication, and in particular have raised concerns that they reduce nurses' time in direct care. However measuring the effects of systems on work is challenging and comparisons across studies have been hindered by a lack of standardised definitions and measurement tools. This paper describes the Work Observation Method by Activity Time (WOMBAT) technique version 1.0 and the ways in which the data generated can describe different aspects of health professionals' work. In 2011 a revised WOMBAT version 2.0 was developed specifically to facilitate its use by research teams in different countries. The new features provide opportunities for international comparative studies of nurses' work to be conducted.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNI 2012
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 11th international congress on nursing informatics
Place of PublicationBethesda, Maryland, USA
PublisherAmerican Medical Informatics Association
Pages1-5
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event11th International Congress on Nursing Informatics - Montreal, Quebec, Montreal
Duration: 23 Jun 201227 Jun 2012

Conference

Conference11th International Congress on Nursing Informatics
CityMontreal
Period23/06/1227/06/12

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    Westbrook, J. I., Creswick, N. J., Duffield, C., Li, L., & Dunsmuir, W. T. M. (2012). Changes in nurses' work associated with computerised information systems: opportunities for international comparative studies using the revised Work Observation Method By Activity Timing (WOMBAT). In NI 2012: Proceedings of the 11th international congress on nursing informatics (pp. 1-5). Bethesda, Maryland, USA: American Medical Informatics Association. NI 2012 : 11th International Congress on Nursing Informatics, June 23-27, 2012, Montreal, Canada. International Congress in Nursing Informatics (11th : 2012 : Montreal, Quebec)