Master of Science in Healthcare Quality

Master of Science in Healthcare Quality

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Avi Parush, PhD


Teaching (in Queen’s)

HQRS 864 Human Factors in Healthcare

Research interests

General topics: Human factors, Human Computer Interaction, Usability

Specific topics: Teamwork in healthcare, use of technology in healthcare, patient safety, situational awareness, patient empowerment


(a)Authored Books

  1. Parush, A. (2015). Conceptual Design in Interactive Systems. Morgan Kaufmann.
  2. Parush, A., Campbell, C., Hunter, A., Ma, C., Calder, L., Worthington, J., Abbott, C., & Frank, J.R. (2011). Situational Awareness and Patient Safety. Ottawa, ON, Canada: The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. ISBN: 978-1-926588-10-0.

(b)Chapters in collective volumes

  1. Parush, A. (2015). Displays for healthcare teams: A conceptual framework and design methodology. In A. Bisantz, C. Burns, and T. Fairbanks (Editors), Cognitive Engineering Applications in Health Care, pp. 75-92, CRC Press.
  2. *Campbell, C., Parush, A., Garvey, T. (2012). Interdisciplinary interactions in cross-functional collaborative prototyping at a pediatric hospital. In Vincent G. Duffy (Ed.), Advances in Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare, CRC Press. (Funded by MITAC/ACCELERATE Student Internship, 15,000$.)
  3. Kramer, C., Dube, G., Parush, A., Breton, E., Chiniara, G., Weiss, M., & Trembley, S. (2012). Capturing team mental models in complex healthcare environments. In Vincent G. Duffy (Ed.),  Advances in Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare, pp. 625-634, CRC Press.

(c)Full articles in conference proceedings

  1. Parush, A. (2015). Cross-channel conceptual design. The Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computer Systems, pages 2453-2454, ACM Press.
  2. Parush, A., Momtahan, K., Kramer, C., Sohmer, B., Mastorias, G. & Calder, L. (2015). Twelve tips to designing a situation display for the healthcare team. In the Proceedings of the International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care, Vol. 4, no. 1 188-193.
  3. Parush, A., Lourenco Levin, M. & Campbell, C. (2014). Dual patient-healthcare provider experience mapping and implications for information technology deployment and clinic layout. To appear in T. Ahram, W. Karwowski and T. Marek (eds.) Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics AHFE 2014, Kraków, Poland 19-23 July 2014.     
  4. *Warren, K., Parush, A., Wohl, A., & and Kim, A. (2014). Embedded Disruption in Online Slot Machines Facilitates Responsible Gambling. To appear in the proceedings of Persuasive 2014. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer-Verlag.
  5. Parush, A. & Rustanjaja, N. (2013). The Impact of Sudden Events and Spatial Configuration on the Benefits of Prior Information to Situation Awareness and Performance. In the Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 57th Annual Meeting.
  6. Parush, A. & Ma, C. (2012). Team displays work, particularly with communication breakdown: Performance and situation awareness in a simulated forest fire. In the Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 56th Annual Meeting, pp. 383-387.
  7. Vinson, N., Lapointe, J-F., Parush, A., & Roberts, S. (2012). Cybersickness Induced by Desktop Virtual Reality. In the proceedings of Graphic Interface 2012, May 2012, Toronto, Canada.
  8. *Campbell, C., Parush, A., Garvey, T., Ellis, J., Vaillancourt, R., & Lebreux, D. (2012). Addressing risk factors in morphine administration: A collaborative prototyping approach. In the proceedings of the First Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare, March 2012, Baltimore, USA.

(d)Refereed articles in scientific journals

  1. Varpio, L., Rashotte, J., Day, K., King, J., Kuziemsky, C., Parush, A. (in press). The EHR and Building the Patient’s Story: A Qualitative Investigation of How EHR Use Obstructs a Vital Clinical Activity. International Journal of Medical Informatics.
  2. Estemad, A.* Arya, A., Parush, A., DiPaola, S. (in press). Perceptual Validity in Animation of Human Motion. Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds.
  3. Ackerman, R., Parush, A., Nassar, F., & Shtub, A. (2016). Metacognition and system usability: Incorporating metacognitive research paradigm into usability testing. Computers in Human Behavior, Volume 54, Pages 101–113
  4. Foster-Hunt, T*., Parush, A., Ellis, J., Thomas, M, & Rashotte, J.  (2015). Information Structure and Organization in Change of Shift Reports: An Observational Study of Nursing Hand-offs in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Intensive & Critical Care Nursing, Vol. 16, issue 1, pp. 47-57.
  5. McMullan*, A., Parush, A., & Momtahan, K. (2015). Transferring Patient Care: Patterns of Synchronous Bi-Disciplinary Communication Between Nurses and Physicians During Handoffs in a Critical Care Unit. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, 30 (2), 92-104.
  6. Varpio, L., Day, K., Elliott-Miller, P., Kuziemsky, C., King, J., Parush, A., Roffey, T., Rashotte, J. (2015). The Impact of Adopting EHRs: How Losing Connectivity Effects Clinical Reasoning. Medical Education, 49(5):476-486. Doi:10.1111/medu.12665
  7. Wohl, J.A.M, Parush, A., Kim, H.S., & Warren*, K.  (2014). Building it Better: Applying Human-Computer Interaction and Persuasive System Design Principles to a Monetary Limit Tool Improves Responsible Gambling. Computers in Human Behaviour. Computers in Human Behavior 37C, pp. 124-132, DOI information: 10.1016/j.chb.2014.04.045.
  8. Parush, A., Kramer*, C., Foster-Hunt*, T., McMullan*, A, & Momtahan, K. (2014). Exploring similarities and differences in teamwork across diverse healthcare contexts using communication analysis. Cognition, Technology & Work, 16, 47-57 (doi: 10.1007/s10111-012-0242-7).
  9. Estemad, A*. Arya, A. & Parush, A. (2014). Additivity in Perception of Affect from Limb Motion. Neuroscience Letters, Vol. 558, 132-136.
  10. Ellis, J., Parush, A., Taing*, M. et al. (2012). Preventing Medication Errors with High Alert Drugs: Testing the iDoseCheck. Canadian Journal of Nurse Informatics, Volume 7, Issue 1.

(e)Presentation of papers at conferences/meetings (oral or poster)

  1. Chan, G., Whitehead, A., & Parush, A. (2014). An evaluation of competitive & cooperative attitudes to increase video game enjoyment. Presented at SIGGRAPH2014, August 2014, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  2. G Mastoras, LA Calder, B Sohmer, B Weitzman, A Cwinn, M Rahimpour, A Parush. (2014). Communication in ED resuscitations: analysis of information sharing among emergency department team members during resuscitation of critically ill patients. Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, Ottawa, Ontario, May 30-June 3, 2014.
  3. *Calder, L., Parush, A., Mastoras, G., Rahimpour, M., Cwinn, A., Sohmer, B., Weitzman, B., & Hamstra, S. (2013). Optimizing emergency department resuscitations using a technological cognitive aid: The situational awareness display . Clinical Epidemiology Seminar Rounds, The Ottawa Hospital, September 2013, Ottawa, ON, Canada.
  4. *Ellis, J., Parush, A., Campbell, C., Vaillancourt, R., Irwin, D., Whitehead, A., Voskamp, D., Nutt, A., Martelli, B., Elliot-Miller, P., Farion, K., & Langford, S. (2013). Preventing wrong dose morphine errors: Testing the iDoseCheck in a pediatric hospital. Presented at the The 9th Annual Paediatric Patient Safety Symposium, SickKids Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada.
  5. *Mitchell, K., Kim, H., Wohl, M.J., & Parush, A. (2013). Facilitating responsible gambling through persuasive    technology: Using human-computer interaction principles to better monetary limits. Paper presented at the    15th International    Conference on Gambling and Risk-taking, Las Vegas, NV.
  6. Rashotte, J., Varpio, L., Day, K., Kuziemsky, C., Elliott-Miller, P., Parush, A., Roffey, T., King, J. Developing a Model to Map Complexities to Qualitatively Analyze the Impact of Electronic Health Record Adoption on Interprofessional Collaboration. Presented at: QHR  Conference; 2012 October 23-25; Montreal, PQ. (p. 21)
  7. Hueston, E., Parush, A., Whitehead, A., Garvey, T., & McAlpin, R. (2012).  Fire Update Support Engine (FUSE) : An Integrated Information Display for the Forest Fire Response Center. Presented at the Wildland Fire Canada, Conference 2012, Alberta, Canada.