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Requirements of time management tools for outpatient physiotherapy practice

Fleet, L; Blandford, AE; (2005) Requirements of time management tools for outpatient physiotherapy practice. Health Informatics Journal , 11 (3) pp. 179-199. 10.1177/1460458205055684. Green open access


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The effects of electronic appointment booking systems on the time management activities of health professionals have received little attention to date. We report on time management practices in three outpatient physiotherapy departments with different paper and electronic systems. The study has identified a set of time management activities and associated social behaviours common to physiotherapy departments. The convenience, flexibility and expressive nature of paper diary systems is of significant value to users, whilst the clarity and superior database functionality of electronic systems are valued by staff using this medium. The study highlights several potential barriers to the effective deployment of electronic booking systems in physiotherapy departments, including poor resource and training provision, concerns regarding restrictive diary control measures, the continued reliance on burdensome duplication procedures and the need to coordinate multiple information artefacts, which need to be addressed if such technology is to be successfully designed and deployed. Copyright © 2005 SAGE Publications (London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi).

Type: Article
Title: Requirements of time management tools for outpatient physiotherapy practice
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1460458205055684
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/15311
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