A PDA-based system for online recording and analysis of concurrent events in complex behavioral processes

Jürgen Held, Tanja Manser

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Abstract

This article outlines how a Palm- or Newton-based PDA (personal digital assistant) system for online event recording was used to record and analyze concurrent events. We describe the features of this PDA-based system, called the FIT-System (flexible interface technique), and its application to the analysis of concurrent events in complex behavioral processes--in this case, anesthesia work processes. The patented FIT-System has a unique user interface design allowing the user to design an interface template with a pencil and paper or using a transparency film. The template usually consists of a drawing or sketch that includes icons or symbols that depict the observer's representation of the situation to be observed. In this study, the FIT-System allowed us to create a design for fast, intuitive online recording of concurrent events using a set of 41 observation codes. An analysis of concurrent events leads to a description of action density, and our results revealed a characteristic distribution of action density during the administration of anesthesia in the operating room. This distribution indicated the central role of the overlapping operations in the action sequences of medical professionals as they deal with the varying requirements of this complex task. We believe that the FIT-System for online recording of concurrent events in complex behavioral processes has the potential to be useful across a broad spectrum of research areas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-164
Number of pages10
JournalBehavior Research Methods
Volume37
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2005

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Keywords

  • Adult
  • Behaviorism
  • Computers, Handheld
  • Data Collection
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Male
  • Mathematical Computing
  • Memory
  • N-Methyl-3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Scientific Misconduct
  • Substance-Related Disorders
  • anesthesia
  • work load

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A PDA-based system for online recording and analysis of concurrent events in complex behavioral processes. / Held, Jürgen; Manser, Tanja.

In: Behavior Research Methods, Vol. 37, No. 1, 01.02.2005, p. 155-164.

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