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Working at the microscope: analysis of the activities involved in diagnostic pathology

Randell, R, Ruddle, RA, Quirke, P, Thomas, RG and Treanor, D (2012) Working at the microscope: analysis of the activities involved in diagnostic pathology. Histopathology, 60 (3). 504 - 510 . ISSN 0309-0167

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Abstract

Aims:  To study the current work practice of histopathologists to inform the design of digital microscopy systems. Methods and results:  Four gastrointestinal histopathologists were video-recorded as they undertook their routine work. Analysis of the video data shows a range of activities beyond viewing slides involved in reporting a case. There is much overlapping of activities, supported by the 'eyes free' nature of the pathologists' interaction with the microscope. The order and timing of activities varies according to consultant. Conclusions:  In order to support the work of pathologists adequately, digital microscopy systems need to provide support for a range of activities beyond viewing slides. Digital microscopy systems should support multitasking, while also providing flexibility so that pathologists can adapt their use of the technology to their own working patterns.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2012, Blackwell Publishing. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Histopathology. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Computing (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > Institute of Molecular Medicine (LIMM) (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2012 12:24
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2014 21:34
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2559.2011.04090.x
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell publishing
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1365-2559.2011.04090.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/74329

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