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CRISS Director:   Matthew B. Weinger, M.D.

Core Faculty:   Dan France, M.P.H., Ph.D;  Richard J. Holden, Ph.D;  Amanda Lorinc, M.D.;  Anne Miller, R.N., Ph.D.;  Laurie Novak, Ph.D.;  Jason Slagle, Ph.D.

Scientific Disciplines Covered
  • Biomedical informatics
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Human factors engineering
  • Implementation science
  • Industrial engineering
  • Industrial and organizational psychology
  • Medical anthropology/sociology
  • Quality improvement
  • Systems engineering
Topics of Interest to the Team
  • Care coordination
  • Clinical decision making
  • Clinical expertise and experience
  • Clinical workflow, efficiency, and effectiveness
  • Clinical workload and stressors
  • Complexity and uncertainty
  • Event detection and analysis
  • Fatigue and sleep deprivation
  • Medical technology design and evaluation
  • Patient safety
  • Risk and resilience
  • Situation awareness
  • Teamwork and interpersonal communication
Representative Research Techniques Typically Employed
  • Active surveillance methods
  • Behavioral task analysis (timemotion studies)
  • Cognitive task analysis
  • Computer modeling and simulation
  • Ethnography
  • Full-scale simulation
  • Structured observation and interviewing
  • Survey (questionnaire) methods
  • Usabilty engineering
  • Video analysis
  • Workflow and information
  • Workload assessment
Clinical Domains of Interest
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • First Responders
  • Hospitalist Medicine/Pediatrics
  • Medical Home
  • Obstetrics
  • Perioperative Medicine (Anesthesiology, Surgery, Nursing)
  • Patient-centered Care
Current Research Funding
  • Veterans Administration Health Services Research and Development (VA HSRD) Merit Review Grant. Operating room workload and quality of care. (2/15/08-9-30/10).
Representative Publications (Projects) Involving Trainees
  • Bayley R (medical student), Weinger M, Meador S, Slovis C: Impact of ambulance crew configuration on simulation cardiac arrest resuscitation. Prehospital Emerg Care 12: 62-8, 2008.
  • Rayo M (graduate student), Smith P, Weinger MB, Slagle JS: Assessing medication safety technology in the Intensive Care Unit. Proc Human Factors Ergon Society 51: 692-6, 2007.
  • Oken A, Rasmussen MD (anesthesiology fellow), Slagle J, Jain S, Kuykendall T, Ordonez N (postdoctoral fellow), Weinger MB: A facilitated survey instrument captures significantly more anesthesia patient safety events than does traditional event reporting. Anesthesiology 107: 909-22, 2007.
  • Dale C (medical student) Dezube R (medical student), Levin S (graduate student), France D, Weinger M. Impact of Emergency Department occupancy and patient boarding on registered nurse work patterns and subjective ratings of workload and quality (abstract). Ann Emerg Med. 50(3): S46, 2007.
  • Unertl KM (masters student), Weinger MB, Johnson KB: Applying direct observation to model workflow and assess adoption. AMIA Annual Symp Proc. 794-8, 2006.
  • Harris B (anesthesia resident), Weinger MB: An insidious failure of an oxygen analyzer (case report). Anesth Analg 102(5): 1468-72, 2006.
  • Liang BA, Weinger MB, Suydam S (medical student): Learning from others: Legal aspects of sharing patient safety data using provider consortiums, J Patient Safety 1(2):83-9, 2005.


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