Time and Motion Studies Provide Valuable Data

Aug 19, 2014
In a recent Pharmaphorum article, UBC's Erwin De Cock and Karen Yeomans highlight the value of time and motion studies.

As recently published in Pharmaphorum, Erwin De Cock and Karen Yeomans of UBC discuss how time and motion studies can be a valuable tool to optimize both patient care and costs.

A time and motion study is an observation method used to determine the value of a medical intervention such as patients taking medication, using a medical device or implementing a new technological process.

The need for real-world effectiveness and efficiency data in support of these new and emerging products becomes increasingly important.

By understanding the allocation of resources and time spent on healthcare, and the patient flow through the healthcare setting, we can quantify the impact of a medical intervention.

With limited budgets, healthcare professionals are under increasing pressure to identify the staffing and equipment needs for treatment. In addition, as regulatory processes associated with the development and launch of medical products and devices become more stringent, the need for real-world effectiveness and efficiency data in support of these new and emerging products becomes increasingly important. Information gained through time and motion studies may be crucial evidence to support market access for new and emerging products.

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