Technology-related factors contributing to labour intensification of surgical production

Patricia Johnstone

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    Abstract

    The late 1980s heralded the start of what is widely acknowledged as a period of enormous technological change in surgery, particularly, but not limited to, minimum access surgery either displacing conventional open surgical techniques or providing new opportunities for surgical treatments. This article discusses the main technology-related factors contributing to the significant, but unanticipated, labour intensification of surgical production within operating departments'reasons that are not consistent with the pervasive theme of the techno-economic literature that generally equates 'new technology' with automation, labour displacement, work simplification, and the economic benefits accruing to an organisation. 1 * This research was assisted by postgraduate research funding from Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia, and a special studies program grant from Charles Sturt University, Bathhurst, NSW, Australia 1 This research was assisted by postgraduate research funding from Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia, and a special studies program grant from Charles Sturt University, Bathhurst, NSW, Australia
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)27-46
    Number of pages20
    JournalPrometheus
    Volume23
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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