Table 1

Hospital physicians’ work problems and self-developed solutions
Problem category Physicians’ solutions for implementation
Work organization - Joint ward rounds to improve mutual coordination of physicians’ and nurses’ work schedules during mornings,
- Redirection of external telephone calls to reduce unnecessary workflow interruptions (to head physicians’ secretary),
- Regularly scheduled consultation hours for relatives of patients in the afternoon,
Leadership quality - Re-implementation of annual performance feedback and appraisal interview through departments’ head physicians,
- Enhanced presence of supervisors on wards,
Internal information flow and quality - Enhanced transparency of time documentation and subsequent salary accounting,
- Implementation of department electronic whiteboard to spread information,
Qualification and training - Inner-departmental schedule for specialty training,
- Enhanced practice of case conferences in the department to discuss current patients,
- Access online libraries; financial support of external training visits

Weigl et al.

Weigl et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:401   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-401

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