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Am J Clin Pathol. 2012 Dec;138(6):811-5. doi: 10.1309/AJCPTYDD9G2NCUMF.

Increasing cytotechnologist workload above 100 slides per day using the BD FocalPoint GS imaging system negatively affects screening performance.

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Department of Pathology, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06519, USA. Angelique.levi@yale.edu

Abstract

Studies examining the effects of increased workload on the performance of individual cytotechnologists are limited. Using FocalPoint GS, the performance of 3 cytotechnologists was evaluated. The study consisted of 3 phases. In phase I, cytotechnologists were asked to screen at their usual pace. In phase II, cytotechnologists were asked to screen as fast as possible without feeling that the quality of their work was diminished. In phase III, cytotechnologists were asked to screen at least 15% more than their daily workload from phase II. Productivity was increased by decreasing the percentage of cases that underwent full manual review (from 38% to 19%) and by decreasing the time spent on each slide (from 5.5 min to 3.7 min). Overall, the total abnormal rate decreased by 31.9% from phase I to phase III of the study. In addition, the false-negative fraction increased significantly, from 1% to 6.9%. Our results indicated a negative association between increased cytotechnologist daily workload with FocalPoint GS and CT screening performance. Workloads were increased by decreasing the time spent reviewing 10 fields of view and the percentage of cases that underwent full manual review.

PMID:
23161714
DOI:
10.1309/AJCPTYDD9G2NCUMF
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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