All in a day’s work: an observational study to quantify how and with whom doctors on hospital wards spend their time

Mark Mackay and Pamela J Castle
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb02159.x
Published online: 3 November 2008

To the Editor: Recent articles in the Journal describing endeavours to measure and classify the tasks of doctors are indicative of the re-emergence of work analysis and time and motion studies.1,2

  • Mark Mackay1,2
  • Pamela J Castle3

  • 1 TRACsa: Trauma and Injury Recovery, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.
  • 3 ACH Group, Adelaide, SA.


Competing interests:

Pam Castle and Mark Mackay were formerly employed by the South Australian Department of Health. They conducted the research mentioned in this letter during their employment with the Department.


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