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Objective Measurement of Physician Stress in the Emergency Department Using a Wearable Sensor

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Title:Objective Measurement of Physician Stress in the Emergency Department Using a Wearable Sensor
Authors:Kaczor, Eric
Carreiro, Stephanie
Stapp, Joshua
Chapman, Brittany
Indic, Premananda
Keywords:Personal Health and Wellness Management with Technologies
wearable sensor
Date Issued:07 Jan 2020
Abstract:Physician stress, and resultant consequences such as burnout, have become increasingly recognized pervasive problems, particularly within the specialty of Emergency Medicine. Stress is difficult to measure objectively, and research predominantly relies on self-reported measures. The present study aims to characterize digital biomarkers of stress as detected by a wearable sensor among Emergency Medicine physicians. Physiologic data was continuously collected using a wearable sensor during clinical work in the emergency department, and participants were asked to self-identify episodes of stress. Machine learning algorithms were used to classify self-reported episodes of stress. Comparing baseline sensor data to data in the 20-minute period preceding self-reported stress episodes demonstrated the highest prediction accuracy for stress. With further study, detection of stress via wearable sensors could be used to facilitate evidence-based stress research and just-in-time interventions for emergency physicians and other high-stress professionals.
Pages/Duration:10 pages
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
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