Rethinking Clinical Workflow

Joseph J. Schlesinger, Kendall Burdick, Sarah Baum, Melissa Bellomy, Dorothee Mueller, Alistair MacDonald, Alex Chern, Kristin Chrouser, Christie Burger

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The concept of clinical workflow borrows from management and leadership principles outside of medicine. The only way to rethink clinical workflow is to understand the neuroscience principles that underlie attention and vigilance. With any implementation to improve practice, there are human factors that can promote or impede progress. Modulating the environment and working as a team to take care of patients is paramount. Clinicians must continually rethink clinical workflow, evaluate progress, and understand that other industries have something to offer. Then, novel approaches can be implemented to take the best care of patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-116
Number of pages18
JournalAnesthesiology Clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Attention
  • Distractions
  • Team dynamics
  • Urgency
  • Workflow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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