Temporality in medical work: Time also matters

Madhu C. Reddy*, Paul Dourish, Wanda Pratt

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Abstract

CSCW has long been concerned with the distribution of activities in time and in space, but the problems of distributed work have often taken analytic and technical precedence. In this paper, we are interested in the issue of temporality in collaborative work. In particular, we want to examine how the temporal organization of action is experienced by those who are involved in it. To investigate this phenomenon, we conducted a field study of medical workers in a surgical intensive care unit. Through this study, we highlight the temporal organization of the work. In particular, we introduce and describe three temporal features - temporal trajectories, temporal rhythms, and temporal horizons - that emerge from and influence the work of healthcare providers as they attempt to seek, provide, and manage information during the course of their daily work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-53
Number of pages25
JournalComputer Supported Cooperative Work
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2006

Keywords

  • Collaborative work
  • Information seeking
  • Medical work
  • Temporality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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