Peter Woodward

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Hospitals are required to operate as a continuous system because patient care cannot be temporarily suspended and handover is seen as a key method for enabling this. This paper reports a study of handover in a medical admissions unit. We draw on the notion of awareness as conceptualised within the Computer-Supported Cooperative Work literature to explore(More)
Workplace studies have made a major contribution to the field of CSCW, drawing attention to subtle practices that enable effective collaboration. However, workplace studies typically focus on a single setting, making it difficult to assess the generalisability of the findings. Through a multi-site workplace study, we explore a specific collaborative(More)
OBJECTIVE Shift handover is seen as a key tool in ensuring continuity of care yet a number of studies have highlighted the role of shift handovers in adverse events. This, combined with the increased frequency of shift handovers, has led to interest in providing technological support for handover to enhance safety. The aim of this paper is to describe(More)
Handovers are a specific kind of multidisciplinary team meeting. Shift handovers and transfers are both regular features of hospital work but there is currently great variation in how such handovers are conducted, presenting a challenging for those seeking to develop technology to support handover. This paper presents the ConStratO model of handover, which(More)
Concern has been reported about the safe use of medical abbreviations in documents such as handover sheets and medical notes, especially when information is being communicated between staff of different specialties (BBC, 2008, Sheppard et al, 2008). This paper describes a study to investigate whether the use of symbols in handover documentation that is(More)
This paper considers the role of handover sheets in supporting the work of nursing staff. Drawing on data from a multi-site case study of a range of clinical settings, we explore the form of these documents, the processes through which they are created and updated, and how they are used in practice. We argue that these documents function as both public and(More)
Many researchers have demonstrated the value of software inspections in finding and fixing defects early in the development process. However, manual inspection can be a labour-intensive process. We present a tool that applies dependence graphs to aid object oriented software inspection. Our tool, Coffee Grinder, uses control and data dependence graphs both(More)
The placenta, often ignored and disposed of, is arguably the most important organ of pregnancy. Until relatively recently, the fetoplacental unit could be assessed only clinically and biochemically. Pretorius and Mahoney described ultrasonography as providing ‘‘a window of unsurpassed clarity into the gravid uterus’’ [1]. This premise applies not only to(More)