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Distracted Doctoring: Returning to Patient-Centered Care in the Digital Age (Hardback)
  • Distracted Doctoring: Returning to Patient-Centered Care in the Digital Age (Hardback)

Distracted Doctoring: Returning to Patient-Centered Care in the Digital Age (Hardback)

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Hardback 260 Pages / Published: 14/08/2017
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Examining-room computers require doctors to record detailed data about their patients, yet reduce the time clinicians can spend listening attentively to the very people they are trying to help. This book presents original essays by distinguished experts in their fields, addressing this critical problem and making an urgent case for reform, because while electronic technology has revolutionized the practice of medicine, it also poses a unique challenge to health care. Smartphones in the hands of doctors and nurses have become dangerously seductive devices that can endanger their patients.

Distracted Doctoring is written for anesthesiologists and surgeons, as well as general practitioners, nurses, and health care administrators and students. Chapters include Electronic Challenges to Patient Safety and Care; Distraction, Disengagement, and the Purpose of Medicine; and Managing Distractions through Advocacy, Education, and Change.

Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
ISBN: 9783319487069
Number of pages: 260
Weight: 5884 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2017


"The book is engaging, mercifully free of psychobabble, and eminently quotable. ...The authors deserve full credit for highlighting an issue that deserves undistracted attention. ... I will recommend this book widely, especially to those fascinated by human factors or "cursed" with medical administration." (Peter G. Brindley, Anesthesia & Analgesia, Vol. 126 (2), February, 2018)

"The book's purpose is to help healthcare organizations achieve patient-centered care and eliminate digital distraction. ... The book offers detailed insight into the problem of digital distraction in healthcare and offers readers techniques and strategies to help eliminate the issue." (Brian Zimmerman,, January, 2018)

"This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about the negative effects of technology on the practice of medicine. Most important, it is an expert guide for any health care practitioner who wants to learn how to avoid distraction in her/his personal or professional life and instead use technology to improve patient-centered care." (Shayna Friedman, American Journal of Medical Quality, 2018)

"`Distracted Doctoring: Returning to Patient-Centered Care in the Digital Age' (Springer, 2017) is what Dr. Papadakos ordered. The book is timely, pioneering, even riveting sometimes - and fearless. Most of its readers will probably be doctors and nurses, but its message transcends medicine." (Huffington Post,, November, 2017)

"It focuses on an audience of clinicians, nurses, and ancillary staff, the book is an important state-of-affairs for policy makers and all who are concerned with the delivery of medical care. ... This is an outstanding book addressing one of the major problems facing healthcare today. It is well researched and written, provides examples, outlines the literature citing the risks, and makes thoughtful recommendations to balance the advantages and the risks of technology in medicine." (Vincent F. Carr, Doody's Book Reviews, September, 2017)

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