Table 3

Number, proportion and average task times in year 1 and year 3 by task type

Task

Period

Number of tasks

Total time spent on task

(hrs)

Mean

task length

(seconds)

Number of tasks

per hour

Percentage of total time

95% Confidence intervals


Direct care

Year 1

1009

22.4

80

9.2

20.4

18.3%

22.4%

Year 3

958

20.2

76

11.8

24.8

22.7%

26.9%

Indirect care

Year 1

1098

14.2

47

10.0

13.0

11.6%

14.3%

Year 3

1059

13.1

45

13.0

16.1

14.3%

18.0%

Medication tasks

Year 1

1808

20.9

42*

16.5

19.0

18.1%

19.9%

Year 3

1296

17.0

47*

15.9

20.9

18.7%

23.0%

Documentation

Year 1

416

10.7

92*

3.8

9.7

7.7%

11.7%

Year 3

342

6.0

63*

4.2

7.3

6.4%

8.2%

Professional

Year 1

1612

26.3

59*

14.7

24.0

20.7%

27.2%

communication

Year 3

1688

15.6

33*

20.7

19.2

17.1%

21.3%

Ward activities

Year 1

72

2.9

144*

0.7

2.6

1.7%

3.6%

Year 3

143

3.2

80*

1.8

3.9

2.6%

5.2%

In transit

Year 1

1251

8.1

23

11.4

7.4

6.7%

8.0%

Year 3

584

3.8

23

7.2

4.6

2.9%

6.4%

Supervision

Year 1

116

2.6

80

1.1

2.3

1.7%

3.0%

Year 3

94

2.6

101

1.2

3.2

2.5%

4.0%

Social

Year 1

90

13.3

531

0.8

12.1

8.5%

15.7%

Year 3

85

8.5

360

1.0

10.4

7.0%

13.9%

Other

Year 1

78

0.7

30

0.7

0.6

0.5%

0.8%

Year 3

31

0.7

84

0.4

0.9

0%

2.0%


*Indicates significant change in year 1 and year 3 average task length times (P < 0.05)

Westbrook et al. BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:319   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-11-319

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