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dc.contributor.authorGillespie, Brigid M
dc.contributor.authorMarshall, Andrea P
dc.contributor.authorGardiner, Therese
dc.contributor.authorLavin, Joanne
dc.contributor.authorWithers, Teresa K
dc.description.abstractBackground: Regardless of the benefits associated of the Surgical Safety Checklist, adherence across its three phases remains inconsistent. The aim of this study was to systematically identify issues around workflow that impact on surgical teams’ ability to use the Surgical Safety Checklist in a large tertiary facility in Queensland, Australia. Method: Observational audit of 10 surgical teams and 33 semi-structured interviews with 70 participants from nursing, medicine and the community were conducted. Data were collected during 2014–2015. Inductive and deductive approaches were used to analyse field observations and interview transcripts. Results: The domain, impact of workflow on checklist utilization, was identified. Within this domain, seven categories illustrated the causal conditions which determined the ways in which workflow influenced checklist use. These categories included: ‘busy doing the task’; ‘clashing task priorities’; ‘being pressured, running out of time’; ‘adapting processes to work patterns’; ‘doubling up on work’; ‘a domino effect, leading to delays’ and ‘reality of the workflow’. Conclusions: One of the greatest systemic challenges to checklist use in surgery is workflow. Process changes in the way that surgical safety checklists are used need to incorporate the temporal demands of the workflow. Any changes made must ensure the process is reliable, is easily embedded into existing work routines and is not disruptive.
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing
dc.relation.ispartofjournalANZ Journal of Surgery
dc.subject.fieldofresearchClinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchClinical Sciences
dc.titleImpact of workflow on the use of the Surgical Safety Checklist: A qualitative study
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery
gro.description.notepublicThis publication has been entered into Griffith Research Online as an Advanced Online Version.
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gro.griffith.authorGillespie, Brigid M.
gro.griffith.authorMarshall, Andrea
gro.griffith.authorLavin, Joanne K.

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