Distracted Doctoring

Returning to Patient-Centered Care in the Digital Age

  • Peter J. Papadakos
  • Stephen Bertman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Peter J. Papadakos, Stephen Bertman
    Pages 1-3
  3. Lekshmi Santhosh, Raman Khanna
    Pages 5-16
  4. Stephanie Brown
    Pages 29-44
  5. Deepthiman Gowda
    Pages 71-85
  6. Wei Wei Lee, Maria Lolita Alkureishi
    Pages 101-120
  7. Michelle A. Feil
    Pages 143-160
  8. Roy G. Soto, Mallika Thampy, Sara Neves
    Pages 161-168
  9. James E. Szalados
    Pages 201-218
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 245-260

About this book


Examining-room computers require doctors to record detailed data about their patients, yet reduce the time clinicians can spend listening attentively to the very people they are trying to help. This book presents original essays by distinguished experts in their fields, addressing this critical problem and making an urgent case for reform, because while electronic technology has revolutionized the practice of medicine, it also poses a unique challenge to health care. Smartphones in the hands of doctors and nurses have become dangerously seductive devices that can endanger their patients. 

Distracted Doctoring is written for anesthesiologists and surgeons, as well as general practitioners, nurses, and health care administrators and students. Chapters include Electronic Challenges to Patient Safety and Care; Distraction, Disengagement, and the Purpose of Medicine; and Managing Distractions through Advocacy, Education, and Change.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Peter J. Papadakos
    • 1
  • Stephen Bertman
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Rochester Medical CenterPittsfordUSA
  2. 2.Department of Languages, Literatures and CulturesThe University of WindsorWindsorCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-48706-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-48707-6
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