ICOA Seminar by Iben Duvald

3rd year presentation: Can misfits between information processing requirements and capacities be a possible explanation of the weekend effect within an emergency department?

2017.10.10 | Merete Elmann

Tuesday 31 October at 10:00 in the S-Building, room S530, Anthropologist and PhD Student Iben Duvald will give a presentation entitled:

Can misfits between information processing requirements and capacities be a possible explanation of the weekend effect within an emergency department?

 

This seminar will be Iben’s 3rd year presentation, and two opponents have been invited:

Associate professor Carsten Bergenholtz from Department of Management

Associate professor Viola Burau from Department of Public Health - Department of Health Services Research

 

Short abstract
This study examines fits and misfits between information processing requirements and capacities in a hospital emergency department in order to highlight possible explanations of the weekend effect. Previous studies have shown that acute patients admitted to hospital emergency departments on a weekend experience worse outcomes than those admitted on a weekday. The answer to why this weekend effect exists remains unclear. Based on an ethnographic fieldwork conducted within an emergency department, this study shows that the information processing requirements is extensive both weekdays and weekend, while the information processing capacities is high at weekdays, but low in weekends. This misfit between the information processing requirements and capacities in weekends may explain why the quality of care differs weekdays and weekends. Furthermore, in order to delve with this misfit, employees develop different strategies. Using these strategies, the employees prioritize some tasks, and these choices may affect the quality of care of some patients. Investigating misfits and strategies, this study offers both a macro and a micro perspective on changes within an organization weekdays and weekends.

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