Measuring the workload of the anesthesiologist.

  title={Measuring the workload of the anesthesiologist.},
  author={David M. Gaba and T Lee},
  journal={Anesthesia and analgesia},
  volume={71 4},
Workload is an important determinant of human performance during complex dynamic tasks. We indirectly measured the mental workload of nine anesthesia residents during 19 cases using a secondary (subsidiary) task paradigm in which performance on an extra task (problems in mathematical addition occurring approximately every 45 s) was used as a probe of a subject's "spare capacity." Excess response time (above baseline) correlated with activities like "manual task" and "speaking with the attending… CONTINUE READING

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