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Nguyen V, Okafor N, Zhang J
Using TURF to understand the functions of interruptions.
TURF stands for Task, User, Representation, and Function (TURF) analyses. This paper explores interruptions as an emergent feature of communication in teams. The authors focus on emergency medicine as this complex environment requires team based concurrent management of multiple patients coping with limited resources in a life-critical and interruption-laden environment. They classify interruptions into those activities that support required work and those interruptions that create unnecessary breaks in workflow.
AHRQ-funded; HS021236; HS017586.
Citation: Nguyen V, Okafor N, Zhang J . Using TURF to understand the functions of interruptions. AMIA Annu Symp Proc 2014 Nov;2014:917-23..
Keywords: Communication, Emergency Department, Health Information Technology (HIT), Teams